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ERIC Number: EJ989588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1074-2956
Responding to Minor Misbehavior through Verbal and Nonverbal Responses
Dhaem, Jeanne
Beyond Behavior, v21 n3 p29-34 Spr 2012
Maintaining a positive classroom environment that will encourage learning is a challenge, particularly in classes that require frequent interventions due to students' disruptive behaviors. Punitive disciplinary reactions are generally ineffective when responding to students who are frequently disruptive. More importantly, negative teacher responses do not foster positive teacher-student relationships or student self-control. Are there any interventions teachers can employ in response to frequent disruptive or off-task behaviors that will help to promote positive teacher-student relationships and student self-control? This study examines actions that teachers can use to quickly and consistently counter disruptive and off-task behaviors. Nonverbal and verbal hints were suggested as a response to prompt students who require several exchanges before they choose to comply with a request and display more appropriate behaviors. Recognizing and accepting that some students will require four or five reminders allows the teacher to plan for this behavior and be ready with interventions that are easy to implement, do not disrupt the pace of the lesson and may not require disciplinary consequences. Rather than a linear hierarchy of response, two stages of teacher reaction to misbehavior were used. In the primary or basic level, the teacher employs a series of quick, primarily nonverbal reminders and hints to the student. In cases where the student does not respond after four or five reminders, the teacher moves to the second level and employs a more direct response that may involve private verbal interaction, a consequence such as the loss of privilege, a phone call home, or a detention. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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