N T A Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 24, No. 4 bit.ly/NTASm17v24 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor ANGELA HERRMANN Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF LAURIE QUAY Art Director CHUCK JARRELL 4 Nonverbal Interventions to Keep Your Class Humming By Richard L. Mehrenberg NTA Advisors THERESA BECCATELLI HEATHER COWHERD ROBERT GRIGGS JACQUELINE MANN LISA MURLEY ROBIN QUICK ADRIENNE REDDY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE SCHAEFER TINA SNOW NICHOLAS J. ULIANO Classroom management poses one of the most challenging skills for new teachers (Christofferson & Sullivan, 2015). When students disrupt the class, teachers often feel compelled to immediately address misbehavior so that it doesn’t escalate into some-thing worse—taking time away from teaching. Moreover, the correction can cause more disruption than the original misbehavior. Teachers need to be excellent multitaskers by minimizing distractors while simultaneously instructing and engaging learners. How do teach-ers accomplish this difficult task? Try these four nonverbal behavior interventions to help maintain teaching momentum. 1. Planned Ignoring: Often a student acts disruptively to seek out attention. When we selectively and deliberately ignore a behavior, their efforts are not reinforced and they will often stop on their own (Hall & Hall, 1998). Planned ignoring depends on your level of tolerance for disruption and the severity of the misbehavior. If a student doodles on a notebook with a pencil, it is probably okay to ignore it. However, if a student doodles on the desk with a permanent marker, step in! 2. Proximity: When you were a student, where did the cool kids sit on the school bus? Chances are, they sat in the back of the bus. This is because they understood the concept of proximity. The farther away students are from the authority figure, the more comfortable they feel doing their own thing. To use proximity in your classroom, continue with your lesson and walk toward the source of the disruption. As you move closer to mis-behaving students, they usually straighten up and fly right—at least temporarily. Circulating ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $14.00, members, per year, $25.00 for 2 years; $20.00, nonmembers, $35.00 for 2 years. Single copies, $7.00 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2017 Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved.