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Posted on September 26, 2012 12:59 pm
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Matthew Sollers
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How do I control a smart kid who bothers others without de-motivating him?
One of my students is quite intelligent. He will answer whatever question I ask without considering other kids who may have the answer, is hyperactive and won't listen. The other children are disturbed by him. But in exams he does well.How do I take control of him and at the same time not impact his motivation level?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2012 3:06 pm

David Corrigan
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I would meet privately with this student. I would explain to the student that I am happy he is so excited about his school work. I would explain to him how he may be unintentionally discouraging the other students by not giving them a chance to answer. I would explain how this may cause them not to be as excited to learn as he is. If this does not work I would but him an an action plan with the three strikes and then a deterrent would be given.
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Jenna Herberson
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I agree, that they should be able to comprehend just a simple talk.
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Solution 2
Posted October 2, 2012 6:22 pm

tebyXu
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I would assign this student harder assignments. This will give the student a challenge. I would also stress raising a silent hand and to wait to be called on. If the student behavior continued I would start taking away student privileges as punishment for calling out. A contract between the teacher and the student focusing on the behavior could also improve the situation.
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Solution 3
Posted October 2, 2012 3:08 pm

vusyHa
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create higher order thinking worksheets with questions for this student to answer so he doesn't blurt out but is still be stimulated.Have him answer questions when he has completed this worksheet.
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Solution 4
Posted October 2, 2012 4:00 pm

GeJese
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I would start to call on the students by name before asking a question, this way he can not blurt out the answers. Since he is hyperactive and very smart, I would make sure to always have some sort activity that he can do if he finishes before the rest of the class. I have seen this scenario before and the teacher would have different academic centers that the students could participate in after they finished their assignments. The students enjoyed this because they were not stuck at their desks waiting for others to finish,and the teacher didn't have to worry whether or not a certain student was going to be distracting to others.
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Solution 5
Posted October 2, 2012 7:08 pm

guPeRu
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This student needs more challenging curricula. I would include extensions in my lessons and ask higher order questions. Also a talk privately, explaining that you love the student's enthusiasm but he needs to demonstrate self control may be helpful. Using incentives can help as well. He could be assign the "teacher assistant" role and help you pass out papers, call on students, and assist student when needed.
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Solution 6
Posted October 16, 2012 9:29 am

NaZyde
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I would tier my students, and give this student work that is above grade level or harder. I would also recommend that the student be tested for gifted, where they can get extra challenges.
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Solution 7
Posted October 2, 2012 3:05 pm

vemybu
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Put him in a leadership position. Explain to him that to be a leader he cannot call out and he needs to allow other students to answer. Also explain to him that when he answers every time it makes others feel bad. So tell him to take turns with the other students and allow him to use his hyperactivity and intelligence to help others.
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Solution 8
Posted October 16, 2012 8:57 am

JemyWe
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It seems like there needs to be some type of classroom management plan in order let every student have a chance to speak. I would try out writing every student's name on a popsicle stick and then place the sticks in a cup. As you ask a question, you will select a popsicle stick and have that student answer the question. This strategy is concrete and every student needs to learn how to take turns speaking. It also seems like this student needs to have classroom jobs and/or take frequent breaks in order to balance out is hyperactivity. Have him sharpen pencils, be your messenger, etc to use his hyperactiveness in a positive way.
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Solution 9
Posted February 28, 2015 8:59 pm

yDegyv
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I think it is great that this student is so enthusiastic, though,I can see how his actions can be disturbing to the others in the classroom.I believe the best approach is to get some advice from some of other teachers in the school. The other people you can seek out would be the guidance counselors and school psychologist. It might also be a good idea to talk to him one-on-one and tell him its great he knows what is going on, But, maybe he hasn't thought that other kids might want to answer some questions.
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