Teaching Strategies to Redirect Off-Task Students

Even the most well-intentioned, organized, and discipline-enforcing educators sometimes struggle with students who get off-task and threaten to derail an entire class.

With that in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned teacher based on the East Coast, looks at several teaching strategies to help you direct those distracted students back on task.

Janelle’s ideas include:

  • Stop Mid-Lesson and Wait
  • Ask the Right Questions
  • Move Closer to the Student
  • And More!


Janelle sums up her article thusly, in a paragraph subtitled “Be Persistent”: “Sometimes you can do all of the suggestions mentioned above but the student still seems to get off-task. For these students you really need to be persistent. Instead of just giving them a “Glare” or tapping them on the shoulder, you should stand by their desks for a period of time. This can be for ten minutes or the entire lesson, whatever will drive the point home. You should also get them involved in the lesson using one of the suggestions above, and also position yourself right next to them so they know you mean business.”

How do you redirect students who are off-task? Do you have any different suggestions then the ones listed above? Please share your ideas in the comment section!


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