Successfully Responding To Challenges
The bounce is used to give the student a break from pressure, not a chance for interaction. Positive interaction spoils the integrity of the intervention and encourages future misbehavior. Students should have been pre-taught the expectations for the environment to which they are moving and should be adequately supervised in that environment. Used only with great caution, antiseptic bouncing is sometimes the perfect way to help a kid “let off some steam.”
Timing is everything. And so is an understanding of the emotional state of students who are challenging your authority. When I say timing is everything I mean early intervention is critical. I teach a powerful strategy that relies on the contingent withdrawal of attention from a student exhibiting emergent (low level) misbehavior. It is a POWERFUL response to shutting down problem behavior.
It’s also a powerful refinement of a century old strategy, which affects powerful, dramatic, and positive impact on the contemporary classroom. It is unique in that in addition to allowing for the contingent withdrawal of attention, the basic principles of academic remediation are incorporated into the process, where the teacher stops the student, re-teaches, checks for understanding, and sends the student back to work independently.
Students are given a prompt, allowed to self-correct, and then asked to identify the interfering behavior – all while never leaving an academic environment.
Classroom Management Benefits for Teachers