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Old 11-08-2021, 07:50 PM
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I need help with a student related issue.

Negative energy running through my classroom due to this student. We are all on edge when he's in the room (constant movement from him, constant talking/making noises, constantly getting out of his seat). Even when he is at his desk, there's just they contact "flow" of energy permeating the room.

The minute he leaves the room, or if he leaves for the day, the change in energy level is palpable. Our room becomes calm, immediately. It is so weird, but so very true!!

I am not sure what to do about it. He has made growth in some areas (no longer curses for one, no longer destroys school property for another). But this energy thing is just exhausting!!

Any advice? It is exhausting for ALL of us. Btw, I have 26 2nd graders...

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Old 11-08-2021, 08:44 PM
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I would seat him on the periphery of your classroom seating and away from where you tend to sit or stand whenever you want the whole group’s attention. Ideally, he would be away from any high traffic or visibility areas in your classroom.

Do whatever you can to physically reduce any focus on him, including use of furniture placement. If he complains that he wants to sit “closer” tell him that won’t happen until he has demonstrated (for some time) that he can control himself and act appropriately.
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Old 11-08-2021, 09:10 PM
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Right now, he's right up front, right near where I teach from the doc cam/projector. So, don't have him there...hmmm....I never thought about that. He is literally "in my face" all day long. Except when I'm pulling small groups...but even then, I have to "be on him" constantly...

With 26 students, every place in the room is high traffic, sigh.

I'll sleep on what you said and see what I can come up w/tomorrow a.m.

Thanks! I hope others chime in, too.
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Old 11-08-2021, 09:48 PM
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I've learned to keep these kids in the back corner, not the front corner. It's less of a distraction when they are up than if they are in the front.
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Old 11-09-2021, 03:52 AM
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I also agree- try a back corner if possible. I once gave a student an entire area that he could move around in, marked off by tape- in the back. I realize that space can certainly be an issue.
I hate to say but I enjoyed the peace on days he was out.


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Old 11-09-2021, 05:05 AM
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Definitely back corner. I had a principal tell me that one time. That way other kids arenít watching him/her as much and often the back has more room for the kid to spread out or move around.
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Old 11-09-2021, 05:06 AM
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Thank you, everyone! I will do that this a.m. and see how it goes.
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Old 11-09-2021, 03:28 PM
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I have the same issue with a new kid. He is sucking all of our spirits dry and making me hate being at school. I have him in a back corner. Buut he is so flipping hyper that he cant sit down or be quiet. If he ever manages to be quiet, its Because he is busy punching someone. Our classroom is so different on the rare occasions he is out of the room. Its so frustrating.
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Old 11-09-2021, 05:56 PM
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I have one of those students this year. He is seated in the back in the corner. He is less of a distraction to others that way.
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Old 11-09-2021, 06:07 PM
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So, after looking at my room arrangement, the back gets way more traffic than the front, as that is where our book boxes are and our writing center...

So...I may have to do some rearranging before I move him.

These types of kids are exhausting!!


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Old 11-09-2021, 07:11 PM
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While you're figuring out how to arrange the room and where to place him so he is less distracting, think about explicitly allowing (or even encouraging) him to move around. I'm not talking about letting him roam all over the room, but would he be better off standing, for example? My adult son uses a standing desk to help him focus his attention.
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Old 11-09-2021, 07:28 PM
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TAOEP~I am very flexible with my students. They may sit, stand, use a wobbly stool, move to a spare table. The past 2 days, I have been letting him sit on my yoga ball. It has helped, but he's still just a bundle of energy...it literally permeates throughout the entire room. The minute he leaves the room, calm ensues. It's so weird. I feel like I'm on edge all day long and I know the other kids are, too.
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