24 Ways to Teach Students to Not Interrupt Classmates During Learning Experiences

Are you looking for ways to teach students not to interrupt classmates during learning experiences? If so, keep reading.

1. Teach the learner about ADHD and the need to self-monitor behavior.

2. Teach yourself and others about ADHD to increase comprehension and accommodation of impulsive behavior.

3. Teach yourself and others about ADHD to increase comprehension and accommodation of excessive talking.

4. Urge the learner to avoid ingesting any substance (e.g., drugs, alcohol, cold remedies, etc.) that might further alter their capacity and ability to keep self-control.

5. Create challenges in designated tasks to increase interest and motivation.

6. Urge the learner to create an understanding of themselves and those around him/her. Get the learner to periodically step back and ask themselves, “Am I bothering others?”

7. Praise the learner for demonstrating appropriate behavior based on the duration of time they can be successful. As the learner shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.

8. Urge the learner to monitor their impulsivity. Awareness should lessen impulsive behaviors.

9. 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.

10. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled to finish the task is sufficient.

11. Show the learner, after telling them to stop talking, the reason why they should not be talking.

12. Minimize distracting stimuli(e.g., place the learner on the front row, give a carrel or “office” away from distractions, etc.). This should be used as a way to lessen distractions, not as a punishment.

13. Show the learner that they may be trying too hard to fit in and that they should relax and wait until more appropriate times to interact.

14. Show the learner why it is essential not to intrude on others. Assist them in understanding that it is impolite, that they might hurt someone’s feelings, etc.

15. Provide the learner sufficient chances to speak in the classroom, talk to other students, etc. (i.e., enthusiastic students need many chances to contribute).

16. Get all the appropriate learning materials assembled to work on a project, task, etc., to lessen the need to ask for learning materials.

17. Get the learner to be the leader of a cooperative learning experience if they possess a mastery of skills or an interest in that area.

18. Plan essential learning activities at times when the learner is most likely to keep attention (e.g., one hour after medication, 45 minutes after lunch, first thing in the morning, etc.).

19. Select a peer to model appropriate behavior for the learner.

20. Get the learner to question any directions, explanations, or instructions before starting a task to reinforce comprehension and avoid interrupting peers later to ask questions.

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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