Grades

    Re: behavior
    Judy2/CA

    How does he behave when he sits alone? Is he paying attention in
    class and not bothering others? My classroom had desks which 2
    children shared. I had a few individual desks that students who
    had difficulty sitting by others could use. They were not
    isolated as we had 34 students and small rooms so there was no
    way to isolate anyone but the desks could be easily moved away a
    bit from other students if needed. I had a couple of students
    who were ADHD and had difficulty staying in their "own space"
    and I generally had them use one of the individual desks. I put
    it right next to one of the double desks so they were sitting
    with everyone but had a definite "space" of their own. Maybe
    this would work for this child. Find an individual desk for him
    but put it near the other kids seating. Move it just far enough
    away to limit his behaviors - put it closer when he is behaving.
    I don't mean isolate him but separate him a little. He's still
    part of the group. One of my 2nd grade students couldn't sit
    still or stay in his own space to save his life. With his mom's
    OK he used an exercise type ball instead of a chair. He was able
    to move around on the ball but still pay attention in class and
    respect the space of the child next to him. In the spring he
    told me he wanted to sit in a regular chair so he switched and
    he had fewer problems. Maybe one of these ideas would help.

    On 2/13/16, Flacka wrote:
    > If he is a good or above average student, he is probably
    > bored and trying to keep himself occupied. (I am the mother
    > of a child like this). Isolating him will just make it worse
    > because he wants the attention and he will get it any way he
    > can! (Been there, done that!)
    >
    > So, if academics aren't a problem, then you need to find
    > ways to keep him busy - NOT busy work, but with creative,
    > challenging & interesting activities. Sit down with him and
    > discuss his behavior and its impact on the class. Next, and
    > this is very important, ask him what else he could do that he
    > would like and not be disruptive to the class. Ask the
    > parents what he enjoys doing or leaning about and figure out
    > how to keep him busy. Check with the gifted teacher for
    > ideas and resources. You might have him do a research
    > project on a topic of HIS choice and present it to the class,
    > give him some open ended math/writing/science projects on
    > topics that interest HIM, etc..
    >
    > Basically, you have to involve him in directing his learning or
    > you will be locked into the fight of your life and you won't
    > win, trust me! If you want some specific ideas, let me know.
    >
    > If the child is struggling academically, his behavior may be
    > an effort to divert you away from the problem so you focus
    > on his behavior. In either case, you need to get to the root of
    > the problem before it escalates.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > On 2/13/16, Jane wrote:
    >> I have a student who is a class clown. He disturbs the
    >> others at all times throughout the day by making noises,
    >> talking inappropriately, blowing in faces, etc...When I
    >> ask him to stop the behaviors he does but then restarts
    >> as soon as I turn away. I have found the best thing is to
    >> send him to the back corner of the carpet away from
    >> touching distance of the others or send him to his own
    >> desk instead of allowing him to stay at the table with
    >> the others. Mom is furious that I would isolate him. What
    >> would you do with a student like this? I'm open for ideas
    >> that will allow for my other children to learn and stay
    >> safe.