Are you looking for genius tricks to encourage students not to make inappropriate statements or sounds? If so, keep reading.
1. Show the student the reasons why making unnecessary remarks and noise is not acceptable (e.g., impolite, might hurt others’ feelings, etc.).
2. Take the student away from the situation until they can demonstrate appropriate behavior.
3. Help the student find the situations in which they are most likely to talk beyond what is required or at unacceptable times. After they have identified these situations, have them think of ways to minimize their occurrences.
4. Help the student find the situations in which they are most likely to make unnecessary noise. After they have identified these situations, have them think of ways to minimize their occurrences.
5. Assist the student in improving concentration skills (e.g., listening to the speaker, taking notes, preparing remarks in advance, making remarks in an appropriate context, etc.).
6. Teach and practice efficient communication skills. These skills include listening, keeping eye contact, and positive body language.
7. Get the student to work in small groups in which they will have frequent chances to speak. As the student learns to wait longer for a turn to speak, slowly increase the size of the group.
8. Give the student many chances for social and academic success.
9. Assess the appropriateness of the social situation concerning the student’s capacity and ability to function successfully.
10. Get a peer to signal the student when they make unnecessary noise (e.g., the person can touch the student’s arm or desk as a signal that they are making unnecessary noise).
11. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., making appropriate remarks) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.
12. Do not inadvertently reinforce the student’s unacceptable behavior by laughing when the student is silly, rude, etc.
13. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled for the task is sufficient.
14. Urge the student to model the behavior of successful peers at not interrupting.
15. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
16. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
17. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.
18. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.