When it comes to questions about behaviour management, I tend to talk about prevention. Setting up a conducive learning environment and establishing a positive culture of learning are the best ways to avoid distracting behaviour in the classroom, and this is where I plant my flag.
However, I do appreciate that that is not very helpful in the moment when things do go awry. I still maintain that if you work on the environment and culture, you’re much less likely to ever have trouble, but there can never be a guarantee that no student will ever misbehave.
The truth is, I do not have any 100% solutions. I am confident that none exist. But the attached image is a strategy for how to respond when a student does become a problem, even despite your efforts in prevention.
If you would like a high resolution version of the image, which you can print off as a poster and hang in your teachers' room, find it here.
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