Some Positive Responses to Student Misbehavior “You want your responses to take the least amount of planning, the least amount of effort, the least amount of time, and the least amount of paperwork.” Fred Jones
Withitness: Know what is happening at all times in the classroom.
Walk around the room. Make sure you spend time in each quadrant.
Scan the faces of the students, making eye contact with as many as possible.
Look for behaviors that can turn into problems—make eye contact, move toward student, and/or say something.
Signaling: eye contact and facial expressions
Look at the student in a way that it sends the message: “I know what you are doing.”
Use your teacher look.
Gestures include: pointing to the rules posted in the room, holding up your hand, shaking your head, leaning in toward a student, placing your index finger to your lips, placing hands on hips and folding arms.
Move around the classroom.
Stand next to a student who is misbehaving.
Arrange seats so that you can get to any student quickly.
Stand next to the classroom door.
Sit between two students.
Never turn you back on the students.
Stop talking. Stand quietly and wait. Wait until all students are doing what they are suppose to be doing.
Look at the student to get their attention or move to the student. Say nothing. Record the behavior.
Positive Teacher Responses
Looks Like/Sounds Like
Name: Using a student’s name in a positive way
“Shelby, will you act as our recorder for us during the next activity?”
“Jake, I’ll be asking you to share your thoughts on the next question.”
Reminders, prompts, and cues
Quietly walk over to the student, state the reminder privately, and move away.
Keep a Post-It note on the student’s desk. Add a mark to it each time the student displays the inappropriate behavior.
Place a Post-It note on the desk with the rule on it. Remove the Post-It when the rule is being consistently followed.