the Interactive Guide to
for Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers
Case studies: Low level behaviours
Tyler is out of his seat wandering around
Sharpening your skills
Keeping Tyler on task seems an impossible challenge. What else can I do?
- Observe and record how often Tyler is ‘off task’ and on the wander
- Decide whether Tyler has poor organisational skills or whether it is an issue of work avoidance
- Ask yourself whether the level of work is appropriate
- Consider whether Tyler is a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner?
- Limit his movement by sitting him on a work table, next to your desk
- Supply all materials needed for the lesson
- On arrival, set an easier Starter Activity task. eg. word search/number puzzle to focus him
- Start the work with him and model the behaviour you are expecting
- Build in positives and consider using a Catch Me Being Good monitoring card.
- Consider using a sand timer as a visual prompt eg.
“Tyler you have been working and sitting for 5 minutes.” Add a sticker to his Catch Me Being Good card
- Scan the classroom, commenting on the positive behaviour you see
- Initiate a short term reward if the small step improvements take place eg. computer reward time for 5 minutes
- After sustained effort, consider using an energy release activity like Brain Gym or a practical task
- Initiate a reward for sustained improvements. eg.Telephone home, positive note to Team Leader, Form Tutor etc
- Discuss with your Team Leader/SENDCo, if Tyler’s behaviours are persistent, impulsive and impacting on learning