February 25, 2014
Disruptive students in my classroom get the chance to calm themselves by going to “Alaska” to cool off. In “Alaska,” a quiet bench away from the group, they can squeeze a stress ball, koosh ball, hold worry dolls, count snowballs (cotton balls), or tip a calming bottle (a bottle we’ve turned into a snowglobe/lava lamp).
If disruptive behavior continues, I send them to a time out place in another room or have office staff remove them so the other students can learn. We also practice ignoring skills, and I show students the “ignoring signal” and praise them when they ignore and work through disruptions.