19 Strategies to Teach Students to Exhibit Acceptable Behavior in Large Group Settings

Are you looking for strategies to teach students to exhibit acceptable behavior in large groups? If so, keep reading.

1. Make sure that the learner has all needed learning materials to perform their role in the group (e.g., paper, pencil, art supplies, reference learning materials). As the learner becomes more comfortable, slowly increase the group size.

2. Make sure that the learner knows the instructions for the cooperative learning experience (e.g., give instructions in an assortment of ways, make sure that the learner knows their role, review the rules for group behavior before the learning experience begins, etc.).

3. Make sure the learner has enough room to work successfully (e.g., distance from other students, room for all learning materials, etc.).

4. Make sure the learner is actively involved in the group (e.g., call on the learner regularly, designate the learner a responsibility such as a teacher’s assistant, have the learner be group leader, etc.).

5. Take the learner away from the group if they behave improperly.

6. Make sure the academic and social requirements of the group situation are within the learner’s capacity and ability level.

7. Assist the learner in getting to know group members before requiring group participation (e.g., introduce the students to one another; let the students have unstructured free time together; etc.).

8. Minimize distracting stimuli that could interfere with the learner’s success in a cooperative learning experience (e.g., give enough room to move without physical contact; keep noise level to a minimum; keep movement in their surroundings to a minimum; etc.).

9. Plan learning activities so you can be spend uninterrupted time with the group.

10. Plan large group learning activities as part of the learner’s daily routine (schedule) (e.g., large group learning activities should happen on a regularly scheduled basis so that the learner will be prepared and know what to expect).

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

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

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

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

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