17 Strategies to Help Learners Who Become Aggressive with Teachers

Are you looking for strategies to help students who become aggressive with teachers? If so, keep reading.

1. Stop annoying or anxiety-producing situations from happening (e.g., give the student tasks only on their capacity and ability level, give the student only the number of tasks that can be tolerated in one sitting, lessen social interactions that encourage the student to become physically aggressive, etc.).

2. Teach the student problem-solving skills: (a) find the problem, (b) find goals and objectives, (c) create strategies, (d) create a plan for action, and (e) carry out the plan.

3. Give the student positive feedback that indicates they are successful, essential, respected, etc.

4. Organize their surroundings to prevent chances for the student to become physically aggressive toward teachers (e.g., interact regularly with the student to prevent them from becoming frustrated).

5. Provide maximum supervision of the student. As the student shows appropriate behavior, slowly decrease supervision.

6. Provide visibility to and from the student. The teacher and the student should be able to see each other. Make eye contact possible at all times.

7. Minimize learning activities that might be menacing to the student (e.g., announcing test scores aloud, having students to read aloud in class, praising high achievers excessively, etc.).

8. Make sure you are regularly in proximity to the student.

9. Attempt several groupings to ascertain the situation in which the student is most successful.

10. Minimize the emphasis on competition and perfection. Repeated failure and frustration may cause outbursts of physical aggression.

11. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings to prevent the student from becoming overstimulated by peers, which in turn would make it appropriate for the teacher to intervene.

12. Teach the student alternative ways to deal with situations that make them frustrated or angry (e.g., withdrawing, talking, etc.).

13. Solidify on-task behavior by providing a full schedule of learning activities. Stop lag time from happening when the student would be free to take part in unacceptable behavior.

14. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

15. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

16. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.

17. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

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