Talking Positive and Negative Student Behaviors in Spanish

Spanish for Educators – How to Talk About Positive and Negative Student Behaviors in Spanish

How to Talk About Positive and Negative Student Behaviors

In this Spanish for Educators lesson you will learn how to talk about positive and negative student behavior with parents during conferences: El comportamiento positivo y negativo del estudiante.

Su reto profesional: Learn and understand the different words and phrases used to explain the positive and negative behaviors in Spanish and be ready to answer parents’ questions related to this topic. Utilice este nuevo vocabulario durante las reuniones para hablar sobre el buen y el mal comportamiento de sus estudiantes.

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El comportamiento / Behavior

El comportamiento es la forma en que el estudiante normalmente es en clase / Behavior is the way the student normally acts during classes.

Vocabulario clave / Key Vocabulary

  • Comportamiento = Behavior
  • Portar(se) = To behave (verbo), reflexivo
Yo me porto Nosotros nos portamos
Tú te portas Vosotros os portáis
Él / Ella / Usted se porta Ellos / Ellas / Ustedes se portan

¿Cómo se porta Caleb en la clase? / How does Caleb behave in class?

Here are some examples to talk about good behavior = buen comportamiento 

Él… / He…

Spanish English
Llega a tiempo   Arrives on time
Obedece las reglas Obeys the rules
Levanta la mano Raises his hand
Participa en la clase Participates in the class
Respeta la propiedad de la escuela Respects the property of the school
Es responsable Is responsible
Utiliza las palabras mágicas (por favor, gracias, etc.) Uses magic words (please, thank you, etc.)
Escucha cuando otros hablan   Listens when others speak
Tiene buenos hábitos de estudio / trabajo Has good study / work habits
Ayuda a los otros Helps others
Entrega a tiempo su tarea Turns in homework on time
Está listo para aprender Is ready ready to learn
Trabaja duro Works hard

¿Cómo se porta Eliana en la clase?

In this case, we learn some examples related to bad behavior = mal comportamiento.

Ella… / She…

Spanish English
Molesta a los demás (false cognate) Bothers others
No obedece las reglas de la clase Does not obey the rules of the class
No participa en la clase   Does not participate in the class
Dice groserías says bad words
Pierde los materiales Loses materials
Tira objetos   Throws objects

¿Cómo se porta Caleb en clase?

Let’s add more examples of bad behavior in class 😉

Él… / He…

Spanish English
Copia la tarea de otros estudiantes Copies the homework from other students
No presta atención Does not pay attention
No pide permiso para salir de la clase   Does not ask permission to leave class
Se rehúsa a completar el trabajo / la tarea Refuses to complete the homework
No respeta la propiedad de otros Does not respect the property of others

¿Se lleva bien mi hijo con sus compañeros de clase? / Does my child get along well with others in the class?

Here are some answers to that question:

Spanish English
Él / Ella

He / She

Coopera con los otros niños Cooperates with the other kids
Le gusta ayudar a otros   Likes to help others
Tiene amigos en la clase Has friends in the class
Trata otros con respecto Treats others with respect

Él / Ella


He / She

Molesta a los demás Bothers others
No respeta a los otros Does not respect others
Interrumpe la clase   Interrupts the class
Pelea con los otros Fights with others
No respeta la propiedad de los estudiantes Does not respect the other people property

Para alabar el buen comportamiento / To Praise Good Behavior

It’s always a great idea to start or even to end the parent-teacher conferences talking about positive things. So, here are some examples you can use to praise the good behavior of your student 😀

Spanish English
Debe estar orgulloso(a) de:__________ You must be proud of: __________
Él o Ella ha mejorado su comportamiento He or she has improved his/her behavior
Él o Ella ha mejorado su relación con otros estudiantes He or she has improved his/her relationship with other students
Él o Ella tiene una actitud positiva He or she has a positive attitude
Él o Ella coopera en la clase   He or she cooperates in the class
Él o Ella demuestra responsabilidad por sus acciones He or she demonstrates responsibility with his/her actions

Now it’s your turn! / Ahora te toca a tí

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