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disruptive student..help



This is my first official teaching job. I got hired as a basic skills teacher recently. I pull students out of the classroom and bring them to my room. In one particular group I have 5 students. The problem is that one is them is very disruptive. He keeps talking and does not follow directions. He will not stop. Does anyone have any suggestions? I really do not want to spent the entire period with this going on. Thanks!


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Help with Disruptive Student

What age is the student? I have SDC Middle school students. I find that positive reinforcement works best. I use raffle tickets. When I see someone that is following directions. I will say, "Thank you Lindsay for following directions" or I will say, "I like the way Lindsay is following directions." On Fridays we have a drawing with the raffle tickets. I rig the raffle drawing, I choose someone who has had a really positive, productive week. I look at their number, I then memorize their number and call it out.


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Bribery always works....prizes, candy, food....my students love it all. You could also try using a behavior contract or what about calling the student's parents?



At my school there is a school-wide behavior management system. Each classroom has a pocket chart with a student's name above each pocket. Inside each pocket are four cards; blue, green, yellow and red. Blue is for outstanding behavior, green is for good behavior, yellow is a warning and red is for poor behavior. This is how it works: The students are taught to understand that if their behavior is not acceptable at any given point, they are asked to "change their card". For example, let's say that during a math lesson, a student is talking. The teacher may ask the student to stop talking. If the student continues to talk during the lesson, the teacher stops and tells the student to change his/her card to yellow, which is a warning. Usually that is enough to stop the student because most of them want to remain on green, which will earn them prizes at the end of the week. If the student needs to be spoken to again, the card is changed to red and a phone call home is made. If the student is put on red three times, they go to a room in the school that's called the "reflection room", where they have an opportunity to think about their behavior and how it affects them and others. Three visits to the reflection room warrant a suspension (but thankfully I haven't had to go there yet!). I work at an elementary school; I don't know what grade you teach, but this system seems to work well, so far. I hope everything works out for you!



Have you communicated with the homeroom teacher? Since this is a recent assignment this boy may be testing you to see your reaction. I would want to know if he has similar behavior in his homeroom. If not, ask the other teacher what she does to encourage his better behavior. If it were my student I would talk to him about the expected behavior when he is with you and let him know it is a priviledge. He can't be allowed to diruipt the lesson. Maybe you can work out an agreement with his homeroom teacher to send him back if he doesn't behave. That should give him the message that your time is valuable and he needs to respect his time with you next time. Of course, all of this would need to be communicated with the student ahead of time so the responsibility is his. Hopefully, he will make a wise choice.


dramatic arts specialist

I believe that basing a behavior plan on a "rigged" or dishonest rewards scheme has inherent problems. I know many teachers lie to children, but in the end I believe a policy of honesty is best for the student, the teacher, and the school