27 Hacks to Teach Kids to Not Become Aggressive With Their Teachers

Are you looking for hacks to teach students not to become aggressive with teachers? If so, keep reading.

1. Give the student as many high interest learning activities as possible to keep them from becoming physically aggressive toward teachers.

2. Give the student chances for social and academic success.

3. Make sure that all school staff members are aware of the student’s tendency to become physically aggressive so they may monitor the student’s behavior.

4. Refrain from arguing with the student (e.g., calmly deliver consequences without reacting to the student’s remarks).

5. Give a quiet space for the student to work independently, away from peer interactions. This is not to be used as a punishment but as a chance to increase the student’s success in their environment.

6. Put reinforcement emphasis on academic productivity and accuracy to lessen the likelihood of the student becoming physically aggressive toward teachers (i.e., increased productivity and accuracy should lessen the likelihood of unacceptable behavior).

7. Minimize or remove any stimulus in their surroundings (e.g., possessions, competition, teasing, etc.) that leads to the student’s physically aggressive behavior.

8. Make sure the student knows the logical consequences of becoming physically aggressive toward a teacher (e.g., less freedom, more restrictive environment, assault charges, etc.).

9. Stop the student from receiving too much stimulation (e.g., monitor or supervise student behavior to limit overexcitement in physical learning activities, games, parties, etc.).

10. Restrict the student’s chance to enter areas of the school environment in which they are more likely to be physically aggressive.

11. Do not force the student to interact or remain in a group when they are physically aggressive (e.g., daily reading group, physical education group, etc.).

12. Always give the student behavioral options (e.g., sitting out of a learning experience, going to a quiet space in the room, performing another learning experience, etc.).

13. Provide consistent behavioral expectations and consequences to lessen the likelihood of the student becoming upset by what they consider unfair treatment.

14. Restrict the student’s independent movement in the school environment.

15. Refrain from physical contact with the student who is likely to become physically aggressive.

16. Provide an appropriate physical distance from the student when interacting with them to avoid stimulation of aggressive behavior.

17. Utilize language that is pleasant and calming when speaking with the student to avoid stimulation of aggressive behavior.

18. Provide instructions in a compassionate rather than a menacing manner (e.g., “Please finish your math assignment before going to recess.” rather than, “You had better turn in your math or else!”).

19. Do not criticize when correcting the student; be honest yet compassionate. Never cause the student to feel negatively about themselves.

20. Intervene early and often when there is a problem to prevent more severe problems from happening.

21. Do not embarrass the student by giving them orders, requirements, etc., in front of others.

22. Teach the student appropriate ways to express displeasure, anger, frustration, etc.

23. Get the student to put themselves in someone else’s place (e.g., “How would you feel if someone called you dumb or stupid?”).

24. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

25. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

26. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.

27. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

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