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Posted on February 19, 2019 3:16 pm
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baJeTe
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Always Off Task
I have one student in my class that is always off task. We give him options and incentives in hopes it will brings his attention back to the task or assignment but he always seems to get back off task. When he is off task he will distract other students and can make it difficult to regain full control of the class unless he is removed. Any other ideas for how to keep him on task for longer periods of time?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 19, 2019 3:21 pm

rySuRy
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Have you considered teaching him using his learning style? He may be off task because the lessons aren't hands on enough or provides to much reading when he doesn't learn best that way. I would begin by changing my teaching style and see if anything works better for him.
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pyMuba
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I would provide a hand signal for the teacher and the student. When the student sees the signal, they know to stop the behavior and get back on task. This is a great way to gain control of the class without stopping instruction. This provides a good visual cue for the student.
  Posted on: February 19, 2019 4:12 pm

gyGara
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I'm sorry to disagree. I don't believe learning styles are the single reason a child will or will not be able to focus. It is only one tool in the tool box.
  Posted on: February 24, 2019 6:57 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 20, 2019 8:34 pm

Lavede
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Students who get off task are always difficult to work with as the cause could be multiple different things. This could be a reaction to being bored or under stimulated. Or the student could have ADHD. Or he just could be a normal kid! I would give him specific instructions to follow (like maybe a personal checklist)so that he is never unsure of what to do. Then, he can check the things off that he has completed and move to the next thing without need of direction. You could also have him do a certain job during the lesson to keep him more engaged such as passing out certain materials or turning on/off the lights if watching a video. This will give him a sense of responsibility in the classroom that might give learning more purpose.
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Solution 3
Posted February 20, 2019 1:26 am

hymagy
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I would try talking to the parent to see if they are having the same issue at home with the student when they are doing their home work. They might have ADHD and need different strategies for them.
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Lavede
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I think talking to the parent is a great idea! Sometimes you need to see the whole picture before implementing certain strategies.
  Posted on: February 20, 2019 8:35 pm

gyGara
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ADHD, if that is the case, should be diagnosed quickly. If I saw and documented this patterned behavior, it might be time to intervene. That way the student can get all the help he or she may need.
  Posted on: February 24, 2019 6:59 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 21, 2019 3:17 pm

dymaDa
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There is always the possibility that this student is bored or that he needs more structure. You could try breaking down things you want him to do into smaller tasks. After they have completed so many tasks, give the student a break from working, but explaining that he needs to remain in a certain area of the room not disturbing the other students. After a couple minutes of break, the student should come back to work and continuing their tasks for the day.
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Solution 5
Posted February 19, 2019 11:41 pm

Simone Haddad
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I too am interested to hear what others suggest for this specific student, as I am dealing with a similar student in my internship right now. Throughout my time I have been taught, to find the student's currency. However, with this specific student, even when we do find his currency, it does not seem to alter the behavior for very long - something that you too seem to be struggling with. At this point my CT is beginning the process to monitor his behavior, and begin the paperwork to get him tested, as we think that may be part of some of his behavior issues in class. This may be the same thing for your student, and something that needs to occur, to determine what really will work for this student in the long run.
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