Response to Misbehavior

  • First build relationships your students and work to prevent situations where he/she could escalate.  When students trust that their teacher cares about them, they will be more likely to want to work with their teacher to solve a problem.

    If behaviors disrupt the learning of others and cannot be solved by the classroom teacher’s attempts, additional adults outside of the classroom may offer assistance. 

    RESPONSE 1:  Verbal or visual reminder of expectation or redirection

    RESPONSE 2: In Classroom “Take a Break” – This must be proactively taught on the first day of school and throughout the year.

    • THIS IS NOT A PUNISHMENT! This is an opportunity for the student to practice pre-taught coping strategies in order to regulate their brain so that they are prepared to return to learning.
    • Your tone of voice will tell the scholar whether this is a punishment or opportunity.  Let it be an opportunity.
    • Have a tool kit in the Take a Break space with fidgets, books, and visuals to guide scholars through independent self regulation. 
    • Quickly, neutrally, calmly and directly tell the scholar to “take a break”
      • The first break is student directed in which they can return to the group when they feel they are ready.
      • The second break is teacher directed – the scholar stays in the break area until the teacher goes over and respectfully processes what happened and what the student’s plan is and then invites them back

    RESPONSE 3:  Buddy Room - Must be proactively taught

    • Have previously established partnerships with other teachers in your geographic area that can act as buddy rooms.
    • Send a scholar to the Buddy Room with the Buddy Room pass.
      • Expected time to spend in Buddy Room (no longer than 10-15 minutes)
    • This is another opportunity for the scholar to regulate, take a break, and make a plan
    • Buddy Room teacher or Para
      • Checks in with scholar before they go back to class.
    • If scholar refuses to go to Buddy Room, the classroom teacher can call home or utilize para support to walk them there.

    RESPONSE 4:  Further Support Options

    • Contact Scholar Engagement Support
    • Find time to conference with scholar
    • Call parent or guardian for support
    • Call another para