De-escalation Strategies


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TeachNow Module 4 Unit 5 Activity 1

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  • You usually like math, Richard. What's wrong? 
  • Verbal  De-escalation
  • Would you like to tell me about it later?
  • I'm sorry to hear that, Richard. 
  • My dog died... 
  • Yes...
  • Verbal  De-escalation
  • Do you think you can work on your warm up now? 
  • I guess so.
  • Verbal  De-escalation
  • At the start of math class, Richard, a student, seemed calm and ready to work. But when asked to start his warm-up, Richard sighs deeply and looks upset. 
  • Teach Wait Time
  • I'm done. Sitting makes me nervous.
  • Richard's teacher uses calm language to redirect Richard.
  • I can choose to doodle, study spelling words, or ask my teacher for ideas.
  • Teach Wait Time
  • Richard is now able to work on his warm-up.
  • Teach Calming Strategies While Student is Calm to Prevent Explosive Behavior
  • A 6th grader, Zach, usually does the classwork he is assigned, however, after finishing, he often gets up out of his seat to bother his friends who are still working.
  • Zach's teacher gives him some strategies for what he can do when he's finished.
  • Theresa loves triangles, so her teacher is teaching her triangle breathing to help her calm herself when she is overwhelmed. 
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