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Posted by: Yolandi | 2010-04-15

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Disruptive children

Hi, I am a dance teacher with a slight problem: I have 7 year-old twins in one of my classes who are very disruptive and it affects what limited time I have to teach my other students. According to their school teachers, this is their usual behaviour.

Is there a recommended course of action I can take to enforce discipline without resorting to violence (just a joke). I have tried ignoring them, asking politely and sending them out (when one is sent out, the other one will ask if she can go too). They will calm down for a while, but the peace is usually short-lived. Sometimes ikt seems like they have split-personalities. It also seems, after talking to the parents, that there is very little in the way of discipline at home, corporal or otherwise.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Yolandi,

Your situation is quite challenging since these children are not your own. Your time should be devoted to each child equally, which does not seem to be possible. If ignoring and sending out are not productive a star chart for good behaviour may be; obviously you cannot single them for this treatment and I realise it may be challenging with all of them. If every child receives a star at the end of the lesson for good behaviour (it is important to inform them the stars are for behaviour and not dancing), the disruptive twins will soon realise they do not have as many stars as their friends.

I don't know if it would be possible, but splitting them in two different classes may also benefit as they will not be able to feed off each other nor look to each other for support. Putting them on either side of the class may also help.

I know it is never acceptable to favour one child over another; however, should one behave a little better than the other in a class, praise her for it. The other will soon try to catch up to your good graces.

It is always more beneficial to praise good behaviour than react to poor behaviour in any way.

Good luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010-04-19

Dear Yolandi,

Your situation is quite challenging since these children are not your own. Your time should be devoted to each child equally, which does not seem to be possible. If ignoring and sending out are not productive a star chart for good behaviour may be; obviously you cannot single them for this treatment and I realise it may be challenging with all of them. If every child receives a star at the end of the lesson for good behaviour (it is important to inform them the stars are for behaviour and not dancing), the disruptive twins will soon realise they do not have as many stars as their friends.

I don't know if it would be possible, but splitting them in two different classes may also benefit as they will not be able to feed off each other nor look to each other for support. Putting them on either side of the class may also help.

I know it is never acceptable to favour one child over another; however, should one behave a little better than the other in a class, praise her for it. The other will soon try to catch up to your good graces.

It is always more beneficial to praise good behaviour than react to poor behaviour in any way.

Good luck,
Delia

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