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How should I respond to students who are inattentive or distractive?

Feel as if your lessons are not getting through and being heard? Don’t know which strategy you should try and can’t even remember which ones you have already utilized? Take a deep breath and use these resources to help you evaluate your options and the strategies you have already begun to employ.

Tools and resources


Restrained use of options for responding to inattention and misbehavior

This reflective graph will assist the teacher in determining the type of response used and the number of times it was employed.  This will help you see what is working.

Responding to at-risk students

This chart describes student behaviors, possible reasons for this behavior and suggested responses.
Managing a classrom with students with severe disabilities This resource presents four main strategies that can help you capture and maintain the attention of students with severe disabilities.