Methods To Reduce Disruptions In The Classroom

The disruption of a class by a behavior student or a student that is emotionally disabled can be not only taking away the educational opportunity of the student that is acting out but the educational opportunities of other students in the room. A classroom disruption can be expressing defiance, cheating, practical jokes, or just moving about the room without permission.

The best model to change this behavior is to constantly reward positive behavior. You can model this behavior by role playing or pointing out students that have proper behavior in your classroom. You can step out of the picture and have peer monitoring. Have a peer monitor another classmate and have them discuss their findings with each other. Sometimes a behavior student will listen to their friends rather than an adult or teacher.

Do not model the behavior of the student if the student is acting out. A verbally aggressive student will not change their behavior is a verbally aggressive response is given by the teacher or parent. Respond without aggression in your words or the tone of your voice.

Saturation techniques have been known to work for extreme behaviors in the classroom with young children such as spitting, kicking, shouting, or singing. Have them repeat the behavior until they are tired of doing it. Most children will realize how silly the behavior was in the first place and will stop doing it.

Remember each child is an individual and each technique that you use has to be tailored to fit the child's personality, wants, and needs. No technique is a cookie cutter method that will solve the disruption in the class. The teacher needs to be creative and be able to differentiate not only their instruction but there discipline practices.


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