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