21 Ways to Encourage Learners Not to Leave Their Seat Without Permission

Are you looking for ways to encourage students not to leave their seat without permission ? If so, keep reading.

1. Plan short learning activities for the student to perform while seated. As the student shows success staying in their seat, slowly increase the length of the learning activities.

2. Provide the student with frequent chances to leave their seat for appropriate reasons (e.g., getting learning materials, running errands, assisting the teacher, etc.).

3. Talk with the student to explain(a) what they are doing wrong (e.g., leaving seat without permission, etc.) and (b) what they must be doing (e.g., remaining in their seat, asking permission to leave their seat, etc.).

4. 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.

5. Make sure that the expectation for the student to remain seated is appropriate for their level of development and capacity and ability.

6. Urge the student to remind himself/herself to wait when they feel the urge to get out of their seat (e.g., “Stop. Count to 10.”).

7. Urge the student to self-monitor their behavior to decrease the need for teacher intervention to remain seated.

8. Talk regularly with the student to, keep their attention to the learning experience (e.g., ask the student questions, ask the student’s opinions, stand near the student, seat the student near the teacher’s desk, etc.).

9. Inform the student when needed to remain their seat.

10. Praise the student for staying in their seat: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., classroom privileges, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

11. Urge the student to take part in high energy learning activities after school that let them release excess energy (e.g., racquetball, soccer, etc.).

12. Give the student frequent chances to participate, take a turn, etc., to keep them involved in a learning experience.

13. Stop the student from becoming overstimulated by a learning experience(e.g., frustrated, angry, excited, etc.).

14. Place the student near the teacher.

15. Separate the student from the peer who stimulates their unacceptable behavior.

16. Give the student the most attractive and exciting learning activities possible.

17. Give the student a calm, quiet environment in which to work.

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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