- Seat student in an area of classroom free from busy displays and distractions. Try to keep the area around the whiteboard / IWB ‘clutter free’.
- Teach/use very clear classroom routines, e.g. lining up at the start, equipment check, students holding an object when it is their turn to talk.
- Sit the student nearer to the teacher / support staff in the classroom.
- Sit the student nearer to chatty but positive, generally settled peers.
For most experienced teachers these strategies will be second nature (although there may be one or two suggestions here that are new, or need reviving). For the less experienced these strategies can make a big difference to the quality of learning for all pupils in your classroom.
Again, kudos to Matt Grant at TES Connect.
- Establish a set seat for the student. Ideally, seat the student near the front with their back to the majority of the class and, if possible, between two settled students who can act as good role models. Present as a supportive rather than punitive measure, “Joe, I am doing this because you concentrate better here.”
- Seat student in an area of the classroom free from busy displays and distractions. Try to keep the area around the whiteboard / IWB ‘clutter free’.