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Managing Challenging Student Behaviors > Lesson 5 of 7

Solving the Problem / One-on-One Talk, Part 1 of 2

Having a one-to-one conversation with a student about their behavior can be very time consuming, and it’s often overused by teachers. But some situations call for it. When done well, it can build a relationship with the student and solve the problem, all without interrupting instruction.

Key Points

  • Tips on how to have a productive, respectful conversation with a student that solves the problem and strengthens your relationship.
  • Answers to questions such as: When is the best time? What is your role? What should you say? What shouldn’t you say?

Insider Tips

If a child is extremely upset, do not speak to them until they are calm. When was the last time you had a productive conversation with someone who was very upset? Bide time by asking them to write down what happened, or ask them if they want to take a break for a few minutes.

Resources

How to Have Difficult Conversations With Students About Their Behavior

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