Have a Strategy for De-Escalating High Intensity Situations.
Can anyone tell me what this symbol represents?
That?! That's the American Imperialist Pigs clamping down on our people!
No way! My dad says you're just brainwashed by propaganda.
Well, my dad says your dad is an American puppet complicit in their hedonistic indulgences, preying upon our women and exploiting the income gap! I'm going to destroy you, slave!!!
Recognize That the Student Is Out of Control.
Duong, you've clearly lost control of your emotions.
Whoa! Check please...
OMG!! Mr. Chris, I'm freaked!!
Step Back and Calm Yourself.
Okay...I've trained for this. Relax. Stay calm. Check yourself before you wreck yourself ...that's it, Mr. Chris. Just breathe.
Who did you call brainwashed, stretch? Maybe you're in need of a little "re-education".
For the love of god, Stop the Hate!
I didn't mean it! I swear, yay Communism...
The Teacher should be prepared for a variety of incidents or altercations.
Listen Actively to the Student and Plan Action.
I just want to be happy. I want peace, man.
A Teacher must recognize when a student is no longer able to think rationally. Reasoning at this stage is futile.
When the Student Is Calm, Repeat Simple Verbal Request.
Very well. I submit to your logic, Mr. Chris.
That was some Jedi Mind Melding! Cool beans!
The first person a Teacher should deal with in a crisis moment is himself. Remaining calm is critical. Maintain physical distance to signify you aren't a threat to the student in question.
Happiness Reigns in the Fatherland.
This was a beautiful learning experience for us all. Just remember, when things go awry, you should always take a step back, breathe deeply and reflect on our common One-ness.
Active listening allows the student to vent their frustrations and communicates the fact that their feelings are not being discounted. A Teacher should continue active listening until the student begins to calm down.
I see you're quite angry, Duong. I wish I had realized this before. It seems that you’re angry about the effects of Post-Colonial, Post-Modern Global Capitalism on One-Party States still clinging to the tattered remnants of a failed Marxist-Leninist idealogy solely as a means of social control. Tell me why.
Well, what would you do, Mr. Chris?! Roll over and just take it!? We've carved a national identity out of thousands of years of invasion and oppression. The tip of the spear best be sharp! I'm filled with rage! I want...I want...I want...
As the student calms down the Teacher should communicate a simple request intended to lower the tension, usually involving the Teacher and student leaving the classroom. The request should be repeated a number of times as if it were a broken record.
Duong, I want you to go with me outside in the hallway to discuss this further. Can we please do that now? Duong, I want you to go with me outside in the hallway to discuss this further. Can we please do that now?
Everything zen. Everything zen. Everything zen...
A Teacher should have a number of steps outlined in an overall plan for diffusing conflicts and improving behavior. A balanced approach works best, including acknowledgement of positive behavior as well.