17 Tricks to Motivate Kids Not to Make Inappropriate Statements or Sounds

Are you looking tricks to motivate students not to make inappropriate statements or sounds? If so, keep reading.

1. Explain to the student, after telling them to stop talking, the reason why they should not be talking.

2. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

3. Teach the student acceptable ways to express displeasure, anger, frustration, etc.

4. Make the student aware of the number of times they make unnecessary remarks and noises.

5. Provide visibility to and from the student to keep their attention when oral questions/ instructions are being delivered. The teacher and the student should be able to see each other at all times. Make eye contact possible at all times.

6. Attempt to give equal attention to all students in the classroom.

7. Minimize learning activities that might threaten the student.

8. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings to prevent the student from experiencing stress, frustration, or anger (e.g., lessen peer pressure, academic failure, teasing, etc.) that may result in unnecessary remarks or noises.

9. Teach the student to use techniques such as crossing their arms and legs, clinching their fists, and webbing their hands when making noise is unacceptable.

10. Talk regularly with the student to lessen the need for them to make unacceptable remarks or unnecessary noises.

11. Make sure the student knows the relationship between their behavior and the consequences that may follow (e.g., failing to listen to instructions and making distracting noises will cause the student to not understand what to do).

12. Minimize the occurrence of learning activities that you know will encourage the student to make unnecessary remarks.

13. Teach active listening skills. Listen to what the other person is saying and respond based on information received.

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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