Verbal Redirections

In the perfect classroom setting all students would gain the perfect set of proactive expectations, perfectly execute on those expectations right away and the first time, and would be positively reinforced throughout the process.  And, at times, we (including teachers and students alike) get off-task or aren't always oriented to meet the expectations set for us.  There are a host of different reasons why a student may not be meeting your expectations at any given moment, some of which may be as a result of you not meeting their needs as their teacher.  With that being said, redirections are a way to move off-task behaviors (and therefore off-task students) back into the fold of the desired plan for the class time quickly and with minimal disruption to the flow of the class. 



*Redirections come in many facets: Public, private, whole-group, and individual (with any combination in between).  Redirections are any action taken by the teacher in response to student misbehavior in order to bring all students back to learning.  A redirection is employed any time a student does not meet your expectation or a students' behavior is distracting from the lesson.   


*For this module series, only verbal redirections will be covered.  There exists a whole set of non-verbal redirections (using your hands, eyes, or other motion) that allow the teacher to move students back on-task quickly and efficiently.  You will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with your Instructional Coach on this as the need and your development necessitates.  


  • Download the Verbal Redirections Processing and Planning Guide here (save to your desktop)

  • Download the Verbal Redirections PPT Deck here (save to your desktop)

  • View the video below, pausing and reviewing as necessary, in order to:

    • Internalize the concept, knowledge, and skills of Verbal Redirections,

    • Complete the Processing and Planning Guide, and

    • Practice the knowledge and skills of Verbal Redirections

Next Steps:

Now that you've had a chance to learn, internalize, and practice verbal redirections:

  • Complete your Verbal Redirections Processing and Practice guide and email it to your Teaching Excellence Instructional Coach, 

  • Click on Consequences below to continue forward with your development and completion of the BMC Trajectory module.  

The Behavior Management Cycle Trajectory

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