Behavior is communication. It could be saying anything from “I don’t feel safe at home” to “I only feel safe at home.” It tends to be a way that the child is showing that a need has not been met. That could be an emotional, physical, or mental need. The best way to shape behavior is to acknowledge that need and find alternate, more positive ways to get that need met. You became a teacher to make a difference in a child’s life and children are not solely academic creatures. When we ignore these unmet needs for our students, they will find their own way to get these needs met and it usually is not pretty. I have summarized the most typical needs seen as behaviors in typical classrooms.