6 Steps towards successful off-task behavior management

Disengagement during class is a major problem as it affects learning. All teachers know how frustrating it is to deal with disruptions. In fact, off-task behavior can take away a few hours each month, meaning that a lot of lesson time is lost.

However, despite the obvious need to better prepare teachers to deal with classroom management, only 42% of teacher preparation programs offer significant feedback to their student teachers in this area, according to this 2016 paper by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

There’s certainly a lot of room for improvement. Students usually display off task-behavior when they find other activities in their environment, use self-distraction, or are interrupted by peers. But just knowing the causes is not enough for teachers to know how to deal with it.

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