21 Ways to Encourage Students 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 learner to perform while seated. As the learner shows success staying in their seat, slowly increase the length of the learning activities.

2. Provide the learner 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 learner 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 learner to remain seated is appropriate for their level of development and capacity and ability.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Place the learner near the teacher.

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

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

17. Give the learner 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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