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Old 11-20-2019, 04:19 PM
 
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I have a new student who just moved here from a remote native village. He's a good kid, but constantly burps and passes gas loudly in class, announcing it to the class and laughing.
This is pretty common with kids from the village (confirmed by several of our teachers who are from villages). One teacher called it "Village Etiquette".
Obviously it causes a distraction. I've told him that he should just excuse himself quietly and not make a big deal out of it, but I'm not sure what else to do.
How can I get him to stop distracting the class with his bodily functions???


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Old 11-20-2019, 05:33 PM
 
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First thought (and you probably have already thought of this, but I'd figured I'd write it just in case) is to ask the other teachers. If they know it's common, maybe they have some ideas?


It sounds like he could be doing it for attention. I wonder if there's a way to ignore him, and ask the other kids (maybe have a chat when he's not in the room) to do the same?



Sorry, I'm not a whole lot of help.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:14 PM
 
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Time for a "different manners in different places" talk.

Start with something simple they already recognize, like "on the playground, we run, but in the classroom, we walk".

Have them come up with some more examples of when the expectations are different in different places/times in their own lives (home vs. grandma's house, school vs. church, whatever they come up with.)

Then (if they don't on their own) make sure you throw in one about this particular etiquette.
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