Are you looking for genius tricks to teach kids not to interrupt classmates during learning experiences? If so, keep reading.
1. Get the student to review the consequences of their behavior with someone they trust. Get the student to consider various choices they could have made and the various outcomes.
2. Praise those students in the classroom who demonstrate appropriate behavior.
3. Get the student to work in small groups in which there are frequent chances to speak. As the student learns to wait longer for a turn to speak, slowly increase the size of the group.
4. 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.).
5. Select a peer who should be an excellent influence on the student to interact with them (e.g., someone younger/older, of the same/opposite gender, etc.).
6. Provide the student with duties in the classroom (e.g., running errands, chances to help the teacher, etc.).
7. Find the situations in which the student is most likely to bother other students. After you have identified these situations, think of ways to minimize their occurrences.
8. Talk regularly with the student to keep their involvement in the learning experience (e.g., ask the student questions, ask the student’s opinion, stand near the student, seat the student near the teacher’s desk, etc.).
9. After telling the student why they should not be talking, explain the reason.
10. Intervene early and often when there is a problem to prevent a more severe problem from happening.
11. 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.
12. Praise those students in the classroom who work quietly.
13. Make sure that the student’s feelings are considered when appropriate to deal with their talking to other students (i.e., handle remarks in such a way as to not diminish the student’s enthusiasm for participation).
14. Teach the student to differentiate between spur-of-the-moment and essential information that needs to be conveyed.
15. Make sure the student knows when it is acceptable to interact with other students.
16. Praise the student for working quietly based on the duration of time the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.
17. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the student to become anxious and interrupt others.
18. Make sure the student realizes that all behavior has negative or positive consequences. Urge the student to practice behaviors that will lead to positive consequences.
19. Urge the student to create an understanding of the consequences of their behavior by writing down or talking through problems that may happen due to interrupting others (e.g., perceived as unmannerly, avoided, etc.).
20. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings to prevent the student from experiencing stress, frustration, or anger (e.g., lessen peer pressure, academic failure, teasing, etc.).
21. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
22. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
23. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.
24. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.