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Intervention Techniques: Q & A


How do I use the levels of intervention?​

Think of a misbehavior you might encounter in your classroom; Select the appropriate level of intervention; Determine and appropriate consequence. Use the chart as a guide for defining consequences of disruptive behavior in your classroom.

Keep in mind that some children who do not behave appropriately simply have never been taught how to behave. Other children may not have been taught how to express their anger or frustration appropriately. These children may benefit from social skills training and/or anger management training.

Should a student be removed from the classroom?​

Removing a student from the classroom should be used only after a series of in-class actions have been applied. Keep in mind: 

  • Once the student is removed from the room, the teacher relinquishes control of the situation.
  • When students are out of the classroom for punishment, they are not in the classroom for learning.

Unless a student violates the health and safety of others or is chronically disruptive, in-class sanctions should be used.

Am I an effective classroom manager?​

Effective classroom managers:

  • Provide adequate reinforcement to students
  • Implement adequate procedures to guide students' activities
  • Survey the whole class and spend time with all students, instead of spending too much time with one student
  • Limit the time they spend on clerical or administrative tasks at their desks early in the year
  • Regularly monitor students' behavior and academic performance

Lack of preparation and poor monitoring mean that: 

  • Students will interact among themselves and set their own behavior standards
  • Some Students will "push the limits," causing even greater disruption to the learning environment