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Posted on October 9, 2016 1:01 pm
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Roaming
I have a small class and all students have an IEP. There is one student who will do the work if I sit with him. This is not always possible. He roams all around the classroom during instruction and student work time. He does not distract the other students, but I would like for him to stay seated during instruction time.
When I ask him to sit he ignores me. What are some ways to have him start sitting during instruction time?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 9, 2016 11:14 pm

aMapuN
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If the IEP allows for it, try and give the student something to do while he is seated. For example in a class I observed, there was a student who would get up and walk around or play with his chair. The teacher received a small "bouncy" ball pad that allowed the student to very lightly bounce while sitting. This allowed the student to be active while focusing on school. Another example to help him stay seated is to give him little and the class small breaks throughout the day for just a few minutes.
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uSaPeL
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I think this offers some interesting approaches. It seems that this student may easily be distracted so offering for him to do another task while he's seated may be just the trick.
  Posted on: October 12, 2016 3:53 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 9, 2016 4:00 pm

MePyJy
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He isn't following your verbal commands so he needs to be given a reason to stay seated. At this point it might be good if you try the carrot or the stick kind of approach. The when he does something you do not like he gets a consequences that falls in line with his IEP and when he does the right thing reward again within his IEP. He needs understand that sitting is correct and roaming is not.
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yZaHuM
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This is probably the best approach to start with.
  Posted on: October 9, 2016 4:21 pm

PeQyGa
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If I were in this situation this is what I would do.
  Posted on: October 12, 2016 1:03 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 9, 2016 9:12 pm

JabuDu
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If the student is not causing a disruption to the other students, would it be possible to give him the opportunity to move around a little in the back of the room on long as he stays on task?
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Solution 4
Posted October 9, 2016 7:19 pm

juWuPe
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I believe if you provide a reward and consequence system with the student it will help to reduce the behavior.
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Solution 5
Posted October 9, 2016 9:19 pm

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I would suggest creating a behavior monitoring chart for the student. Show the student that first they must complete the activity and then they will get a small break to walk around as a reward. A self-assessment tool may also be implemented that the student can track on-task behavior and earn stars or special break time for following classroom expectations. Since the student likes it when you sit with him, this may also be something to incorporate into a reward system. If the student is on task for 4 out of the 5 lesson then you could reward him by sitting in close proximity for a lesson. If you just want him to sit instead of ignoring you, you might consider giving him a warning and then tell him he will lose a privilege such as classroom break time. Give him enough time to make a choice and then continue teaching. If he moves back to his seat then he is on track with good behavior. If he does not, then he loses the agreed upon reward. He is not disturbing the other students so that is another possible solution.
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Solution 6
Posted October 9, 2016 8:46 pm

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Would you be comfortable with having him move around the room maybe twice within the class period? He could have two stations and could move during transition time.
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Solution 7
Posted October 17, 2016 2:29 am

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I would call an IEP meeting and try to amend the IEP with new goals. So for this particular student set a goal of decreasing his roaming 70%, but more importantly speak to the parent and address the problem directly. If the student has something to occupy him or the ability to be rewarded maybe this will reduce the amount he roams.
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Solution 8
Posted October 4, 2017 7:59 pm

uSaPeL
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Depending on the age, I think possibly offering an incentive to go back to his desk might be a solution. Are there any assistants in the classroom? If there are, I think another solution would be to have one of them sit next to him to watch him and not allow him to get up. Also, maybe give him some type of busy work or tool that will keep him seated at his desk.
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Solution 9
Posted October 6, 2017 4:07 pm

BuXaja
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I would try and find some type of flexible seating that may help the student stay seated. Seating him near you may also help solve the problem.
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Solution 10
Posted October 15, 2017 4:27 pm

pyJeZy
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Parent involvment will usually solve a situation like this. In the even that this does not work, you may need to have a one on one with the child. Maybe try to find some incentive for him.
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Solution 11
Posted February 25, 2018 3:45 pm

uBybuz
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You can set up educational stations for him to roam and try telling him that if he needs to get up and walk around that he can visit those stations only and show him what activities are at that station. Some students need to roam and as long as he is not disrupting the class, I would allow it. I have a student who roams as well, we give him an IPAD with educational apps on it, if I give that to him, he will sit in the chair. Find something that he likes to keep him seated.
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Solution 12
Posted February 21, 2017 6:22 pm

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Sometimes I feel it is better to just let the student roam if they are still listening to instruction. Since you said that he does not distract other students then I do not feel it is a problem. If you are set on having that student seated then maybe offer a reward system that really appeals to that student. Such as being able to be the messenger, or extra five minute free time. Good luck!
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