Proximity, frequent interactions, and verbal acknowledgement of positive behaviors are three of my tried and true remedies. I have also found that assigning jobs to students with excess energy allows them to burn off some of that energy without getting in trouble. *Oftentimes It also helps foster a relationship between that student and myself.
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I am using a gamified system called https://game.classcraft.com/ and I just focus on a few behaviors I am having issues with and can taylor the system to my needs. What is nice is it gets buyin from the students and takes little effort on my part. Because the kids are in Guilds and have to work together it makes students accountable to each other and behaviors decline.
Have you heard of PBIS?
Yes. In our building, we generally start with a formal agreement between the teachers, guardians, and the student. We then have the parents and the teachers communicate by signing the students planner after class everyday for "X" days. The parent will then sign the planner each evening. Agreed upon negative consequences will follow if the student forgets to have either the educators or parents sign off or if there are negative remarks. Additionally, positive rewards will follow if the student improves his/her behavior.
Thank you, Tom Jenkins! Do you ever use behavior contracts with students?
I absolutely agree with Tom's suggestion of keeping "overactive" students busy with little chores that enable them to feel useful and important. It certainly works especially if you offer compliments and thanks. This usually results in those students volunteering to help before you need to redirect their behavior!
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