Originally Posted by TamiJ
So I have a very active student who Will hardly work. When I send him to the back table alone I get more work out of him. This morning I Washington telling his mom that he work a better alone. His mom was fine with this but said "let's make it like a prize" that he gets to sit back there. The only thing I se with that is then he doesn't make the connetion that his non stop talking has put him there. It isn't a prize but a consequence and a way to get him to work. What do you guys think.
Wrote this before I saw the other posts.....
I don't see it as a prize or consequence. I see it as giving this child what he needs. Sounds like he is willing to do his work but really still struggles with groups or with others getting his attention by their movements.
What if you couldn't work in a crowded cafeteria where there was lots of noise but that was where class was being held? Would you find it a punishment to be moved to a quiet area or a relief? Often kids that will work when moved away from what takes their attention away from work see the move a relief because they do want to please, they just can't in the environment that many others can.
I say, it isn't a prize or punishment; just finding a place where he can focus better. The more you make the connection about what he needs to focus without associating it with punishment, the more the child will start to understand what works with him and what doesn't. This will go along way to him growing himself to eventually be able to monitor himself in all situations. He won't feel bad so he will be better set emotionally to EVENTUALLY feel his own internal monitor. For kids that are at all hyper or non-stop talkers from extra energy, they need to learn how to feel their internal monitors. You might even go as far as allowing him to go to the back table when he feels he needs to do so to get his work done when he gets to the point where he is ready to do this on his own.
Not every effective behavior of a child must be met with a "consequence". Sometimes the best thing to do is to understand and help the child understand what is going on and allow them to fix the problem himself with a solution that is workable for all.