Don't Put Wind In Their Sails

Classroom management requires that the adult controls his own behaviors. A bad situation can be avoided by addressing off-task behavior in close proximity of the student. Frequently, the teacher though will handle the situation from across the room. This creates an opportunity for the student to make a choice: #1 - Act out or #2 - Comply. The situation created by the teacher is called "Putting Wind in Sails." Depending upon the choice that the student makes determines the likely hood that the class will be completely off-task.