De-escalating aggressive behavior
M4 U6 A1
De-escalating Aggressive Behavior
Step 1: Recognizing The Student Is Out of Control
Step 2: Step Back and Calm Yourself
Have a Strategy for High-Intensity Situations
Step 3: Listen Actively to the Student and Plan Action
Freddie has come back from recess very upset. He is stomping around the classroom, swearing at other students and approaching the teacher aggressively. The teacher must first recognize that the student is so out of control that reasoning with the student will do little once the student is unable to think logically.
Step 4: When the Student is Calm, Repeat Simple Verbal Request
When the teacher recognizes Freddie is out of control, he should step back to show he isn't a threat to Freddie. The teacher should then breathe deeply, and become aware of his thoughts.
This situation, and its suggestions was inspired by Chapter 7 of The Art and Science of Teaching by Robert Manzano.
The teacher should listen actively and reflect back Freddie's feelings, saying, "Freddie you've come back to class very upset. I'm sorry, is there something that you'd like to talk about?" This shows Freddie the teacher values his feelings and thinks he's important. Hopefully, Freddie will calm down naturally, but this gives the teacher to form a plan, like get Freddie out of the room.
Once Freddie is reasonably calm, the teacher should repeat a simple request to diffuse the situation, like, "Freddie I'd like to go outside with you to talk more about this. So, Freddie can we do that now, can we go outside to talk more about this?"
Resources: Marzano, R. J. (2007). The Art and Science of Teaching. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
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