Focus on stopping the behavior after it gets started
It is important that inappropriate behavior is sanctioned. For example:
- Monitor student behavior and promptly apply negative consequences for misbehavior.
- Draw upon a wide array of intervention strategies when a difficult situation arises.
- Create a sense of fairness by matching your intervention to the severity of the offense.
- Apply consequences consistently.
When establishing consequences, i.e., interventions, think of them in a hierarchy from least intrusive to most severe. From clarification to a warning to a teacher/student conference to contacting the parent to referral. Develop a range of minor interventions to use without interrupting the instructional flow of the class. Use the lowest-level sanction possible that will correct the problem behavior. As the serioiusness escalates or repeats, move up the hierarchy or "ladder" of consequences.
Interventions will fall into one of the following categories: minor, moderate, and serious.
Use nonverbal cues: eye contact, frown, gesture
Direct a question
Redirect to task
Issue brief desist/ warning
Ask student to state the rule broken
Assign a penalty
Assign after-school detention
Write behavior contract
Send to principal's office
Arrange formal parent conference
Refer to counselor/
Refer to alternate school setting
- Print the Defining Consequences for Behavior Guide.