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Behavior 101: Don’t Take the Bait!

Hey Teach,

In this video, Polly Bath gives practical tips on how not to take the bait when student behavior is disruptive. We hear that “helpful” piece of advice all the time: just don’t take the bait! But in practice, that advice can be difficult to live out. Of course, we see, when we reflect, where we fell for the trap, but hindsight is always 20/20 and I need actionable tips for when I’m in the thick of it. This video lays it out perfectly!

When students are disruptive, regardless of the reason, there becomes this struggle over who is in control. The student(s) is being disruptive in order to try and take control of the class’ attention. You cannot control their behavior, you can only control your response to their behavior. Sometimes the best option is to just ignore it. Other times, it might be best to course-correct by having the students do a brain break activity or breathing exercise.

The hardest part in all of this will be to keep your emotions in check. Listen, we’ve all been there, especially this time of year, just before spring break. We are already at our wits-end and the class is in desperate need of a break too. It can be really hard to not only identify our emotions but to keep them in check too! Just know, that your response to the disruptive behavior can either encourage or discourage their behavior.

Remember Teach, you’ve got this! The past few years have been the most challenging most of us have ever experienced. Hopefully, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And if all else fails, SchoolTube has tons of videos you can throw on instead!

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