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Keeping a classroom atmosphere that will encourage learning is difficult especially when there are students who interrupt the whole class and cause distractions Not all teachers know of a proper way of dealing with the disruptive behavior of a student or what punishment is best Is discipline the answer Will the student ever change their behavior permanently not only periodically Some students need to be told more than once before the inappropriate behavior is replaced with appropriate activity Most students about ninety three percent of them respond to teacher requests right that instant Others require an average of 456 exchanges with the teacher before complying Repeated reminders are important because talking to other people or randomly getting out of their seat can have a ripple effect and at-risk students may initiate the behavior Nelson and Roberts 2008If the teacher responds to the off-task student publicly other pupils readily observe that the noncompliant student gains attention from both the teacher and the other pupils in the class Misbehavior is caused by many reasons Others often learn misbehavior by observing misbehavior in other people Baker 1985 Disruptive students strip others from their education but if the teacher omits the noncompliant that strips the student of their education Some teachers try to ignore the disruption but by doing that the student escalates the behavior because the student believes the teacher doesnt care about what the students actions areNon verbal and verbal hints are suggested to prompt those who need to be reminded more than once to comply with a teachers request Four to five reminders should be enough for the student to focus and get to work If the student is still off task try reminding the student of the consequences such as a phone call home and even detention Miller and Simpson 1998 A conference is one of the most effective methods to reduce misbehavior These reminders should not come across as threats If a student feels
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