Interventions from the “Kid Whisperer”

TIC Sept

TIC (September, 2018) – Below are interventions from the “Kid Whisperer” professional development In August. The following strategies align with trauma-Informed Interventions:

  1. Request thinking (verbal)
    • Say to a student, “take a breath and think”
  2. A preventative errand
    • You notice a student nearing his/her breaking point
      • Ask the student to take a stapler to another teacher
  3. Question Matrix
    • You need to stimulate the brain. When you tell someone what to do, they are less likely to do it. Demands trigger power struggles.
      • Say “What’s next?”
      • Say “What now?”
      • Say “Where should you be?”
      • Say “What should you be doing?”
      • Say “Is now the right time for that?”
      • Say “Does that cause a problem?”
      • Say “Just because I like you, should I let you get away with that?”
  4. “I” message
    • It is a 3 part “I” message
    • When you I feel because
  5. Make an appointment
    • This is not a consequence
    • When a student is exhibiting a negative behavior you whisper to them in a calm and caring manner, “Would you like to talk about this later? How does before lunch sound?”