24 Genius Ways for Encouraging Learners to Control Their Anger

Are you looking for genius ways to encourage students to control their anger? If so, keep reading.

1. Notify individuals who will be spending time with the student (e.g., substitute teachers, coaches, learning experience sponsors, etc.) about their capacity and ability to become easily angered, annoyed, or upset.

2. Assess the visual and auditory stimuli in the classroom. Ascertain the number of stimuli the student can tolerate. Remove unnecessary stimuli from their surroundings.

3. Ask the student why they become easily angered, annoyed, or upset. The student may have the most accurate perception as to why they become easily angered, annoyed, or upset.

4. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., problem-solving, moving away from the situation, asking for assistance from the teacher, etc.) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

5. Provide maximum supervision of the student. As the student shows self-control, slowly decrease supervision.

6. Observe the behavior of other students in the class to make sure they are not teasing or otherwise stimulating the student to become angry, annoyed, or upset.

7. Make sure that your remarks are in the form of constructive criticism rather than criticism that could be perceived as personal, menacing, etc. (e.g., instead of saying, “You always make the same mistake,” say, “A better way to do that might be … “).

8. Always treat the student with the utmost respect. Talk objectively at all times.

9. Allow the student some movement while performing tasks. Observe and limit the amount of movement.

10. Analyze daily, weekly, and monthly tasks at school. Ascertain which tasks encourage impatience. Manage learning activities so a pleasurable learning experience follows one that stimulates impatience.

11. Make sure the student knows that total fairness is impossible. Sometimes, people have to do more than others or do things they do not want to do simply because they have to be done.

12. Ask the student why they believe they get so upset over trivial things.

13. 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.

14. Teach the student acceptable ways to express displeasure, anger, frustration, etc.

15. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings to prevent the student from experiencing stress, frustration, and anger.

16. 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.

14. Provide supervision. Do not leave the student alone with other students.

18. Make the student aware of the logical consequences for becoming easily angered, annoyed, or upset (e.g., loss of friendships, injury, more restrictive environment, legal action, etc.).

19. Urge the student to consider the consequences of their behavior before engaging in any learning experience.

20. Minimize learning activities that might threaten the student (e.g., announcing test scores aloud, making students read out loud in class, overly praising the success of high achievers, 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.

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