Presentation on theme: "Cooperative Discipline: Attention Seeking"— Presentation transcript:
1 Cooperative Discipline: Attention Seeking Look at me!
2 Attention Seeking“Some students choose misbehavior to get extra attention. They want to be center stage at all times and constantly distract the teacher and their classmates to gain an audience.” Albert, 1996
3 What are the factors that cause a student to act this way? Extra attentionNeed attention to feel important.They are “little” actors and actresses.Youngsters usually seek adult attention.Teenagers seek peer attention.
4 What’s wrong with wanting attention? Attention seeking can lead to:Risky behaviors in adolescentsSexual promiscuityAlcohol and drug useSuicidal thoughts and actionsFeeling of inadequacy and low self-esteem
6 Active Type Uses attention-getting mechanisms that disrupt class. Sticking out tongueTapping pencilsTrips classmatesConstantly pleads for helpGrooming in classPasses notes
7 Passive Type Attention getting mechanisms rarely disrupt the class. Water torture techniques.Small things that grow into mountains.Often uses the slow,slower, sloweststrategy.
8 Identifying Attention- Seeking Behaviors Attention Clue 1: When confronted with attention-seeking behavior, we generally feel irritated and annoyed. The needle on our emotional pressure gauge registers “mild”.
9 Identifying Attention- Seeking Behaviors Attention Clue 2:We typically react by nagging, reminding, cajoling and scolding. Sometimes we take over and do for the child what they shouldbe doing.
10 Origins of Attention-Seeking Behaviors RewardsNot knowing how to ask for what they wantContributing Factors (home life)Legitimate Needs
11 Principles of Prevention Catch them being good.Teach them to ask for attention.
12 Attention Interventions Strategy 1: Minimize the attentionRefuse to respondGive the “teacher eye”Stand close byUse name dropping techniquesUse non-verbal clues or secret signalsUse an I message relating your feelings
13 Strategy 2: Clarify Desired Behavior State Grandma’s Law….”First you work, then we play.”Use the Target-Stop-Do strategy…..”Luciano, stop talking to Bend, face me, and see if you can find a solution to problem 3 on the board.”
14 Strategy 3: Legitimize the Behavior Create an “on the spot” lesson from the misbehavior that turns the problem into “work”.Extend the behavior to its most extreme form.
15 Strategy 4: Do the Unexpected Turn out the lights.Play a musical sound.Lower your voice.Change your voice.Talk to the wall.Use one-liners.Cease teaching.
16 Strategy 5: DistractAsk a direct question with their name and put them on the spot.Ask a favor.Give choices.Change the activity anduse the element of surprise.
17 Strategy 6: Move the Student Attention-seekers like an audience.Change the student’s seat.Use the Thinking Chair or isolation area.
18 Let’s Practice!In groups of 2 or 3, practice using these strategies to reduce misbehavior.Minimize the problemLegitimize the problemDo the unexpectedDistract the student