21 Genius Tricks for Teaching Learners Not to Disturb Others

Are you looking for genius tricks for teaching students not to disturb others? If so, keep reading.

1. Urge the student to realize that all behavior has negative or positive consequences. Urge the student to practice behaviors that will lead to positive consequences.

2. 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.

3. Minimize learning activities that might cause the student to interrupt or talk out (e.g., announcing test score ranges or test scores aloud, emphasizing the success of a particular student or students, etc.).

4. Teach the student to recognize an appropriate time to speak (e.g., when the teacher has finished speaking, after raising their hand, to make remarks within the context of the situation, to make remarks that are a follow-up to what has just been said, etc.).

5. Do not let the student interrupt you by letting them talk to you at the time they interrupt. Inform the student that they will need to wait until you are finished talking. Allowing the student to talk after interrupting reinforces the behavior and may increase the number of times they interrupt others.

6. Do not criticize when correcting the student; be honest yet compassionate. Never cause the student to feel negatively about themselves.

7. Make the student aware of the number of times they interrupt the teacher.

8. Urge the student to model the behavior of successful peers at not interrupting the teacher.

9. Provide the student with frequent chances to join conversations with others by allowing him/ her time to talk, asking them to repeat an experience, etc.

10. Talk regularly with the student to lessen the need for them to interrupt.

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

12. Make sure that the student knows the relationship between unacceptable behavior and the consequences that follow (e.g., others ignoring him/her, hurting others’ feelings, etc.).

13. Show the student an appropriate way to get someone’s attention without interrupting.

14. Do not interrupt the student when they are doing something, talking to someone, etc.

15. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings (e.g., lessen peer pressure, academic failure, teasing, etc.) to prevent the student from experiencing stress, frustration, or anger.

16. Do not let the student use ADHD as an excuse. Hold the student responsible for their actions. However, accept the problems that ADHD brings into the student’s life while they are learning to make accommodations.

17. Make sure the student knows when it is acceptable to interrupt others (e.g., in an emergency).

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

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

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

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

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