Twenty-Three Classroom InterventionsBy Jim Fay
These easy-to-use classroom management techniques allow teachers to maintain classroom control while they effectively handle even the most troublesome classroom behaviors.
- Give the student the "evil eye."
- Walk toward the student.
- Stand close to the student.
- Eye contact and a shake of the head indicating "No."
- A gentle hand upon the shoulder of the student.
- A statement indicating disfavor.
- Change the student's location.
- Statement of misplaced behavior.
- Using an I-message.
- Teacher sets limits by describing what he/she allows/does, or provides, without telling the students what to do about it.
- Provide choices.
- Removing the student from the group to time-out.
- Requiring student to fill in a form during time-out before he/she can return to the group.
- Student is excused to the office for a short "cooling off" period. No counseling is requested of the administrator.
- Give the student an appointment to talk about the problem.
- Restricting the student from the area of his/her infraction until a new plan of action is identified and written out by the student.
- Student is restricted from the area of the infraction until the adults feel that another try is in order. The student then returns to the area on a day to day basis.
- Providing a natural or logical consequence with empathy.
- Student makes an "informational telephone call" to his/her parents to describe the problem and his/her plans for improvement. Teacher calls first without student's knowledge to alert parent and seek support.
- Student writes an "informational letter" to parents describing his/her actions or problems with plans for improvement. Letter is to be signed and returned and is the student's ticket to return to class.
- An appointment is made with the administrator for consultation. The teacher, administrator, and student form a team to discuss possible solutions.
- A parent conference is held. This includes parent, teacher, administrator, and student.
- Student is suspended from school until a parent conference is held.
For additional ideas on building cooperative teacher-student relationships, applying Enforceable Statements in the classroom, and managing behavior as you teach, listen to Jim Fay's CD, "Quick and Easy Classroom Interventions." To purchase, call 1-800-338-4065 or visit www.loveandlogicwww.imagineitdev.net.
Jim Fay is cofounder of the Love and Logic® Institute in Golden, CO, and coauthor of the best-selling book, "Teaching with Love and Logic". For more information about Love and Logic parenting and teaching techniques, call 1-800-338-4065 or visit www.loveandlogicwww.imagineitdev.net.
©1998 Jim Fay
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