A teacher’s chances of defusing a potential confrontation with an angry or defiant student increase greatly if the instructor carefully controls his or her behavior when first approaching the student. Here are important tips: Move toward the student at a slow, deliberate pace, and respect the student’s private space by maintaining a reasonable distance. If possible, speak privately to the student, using a calm and respectful voice. Avoid body language that might provoke the student, such as staring, hands on hips, or finger pointing. Keep your comments brief. If the student’s negative behaviors escalate despite your best efforts, move away from the student and seek additional adult assistance or initiate a crisis-response plan.
Eddie, we have to concentrate on our work now. Play time is after math class.
Okay, I'll get back to work.
Eddie is out of his seat, not doing his work and disrupting others.
The teacher decides to use proximity to get Eddie back on track. He uses a slow, deliberate pace and speaks kindly to Eddie even though he is throwing his papers on the floor.
The teacher projected calmness so that Eddie would see the contrast between their behaviours and cool down. The teacher spoke in a respectful, non-accusatory manner without using threatening body language.
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