Nine Quick Surface Management Strategies

These surface management skills here are approved by the LSCI institute for basic emotional first aid and to regain control of the classroom environment (Long, Fescer, Beck, Beck, 2011).

Planned Ignoring

If the behavior is not reinforced, it will fade.

Proximity Control

Moving around the classroom while teaching can prevent problems from starting.

Signal Interference

Quietly communicating to a student that you are aware of behavior that’s leading to trouble can stop it before it becomes a bigger problem.

Interest Boosting

Learning activities that appeal to a student’s interest helps keep him on task and out of trouble.

Support From Routine

A predicable environment reduces anxiety.

Support From Cognitive Restructuring

An adult who can read the feeling tone of the group can change the perception from “glass half empty” to “glass half full.”

Direct Appeal to Values

The group can have a positive influence on members’ behavior.

Support Through Humor

Humor can sometimes attract students’ attention away from a growing problem.

Antiseptic Bouncing

As a student’s emotions begin to mount, re-directing him to another activity can break the behavior chain.


Long, N., & Fescer, F., & Beck, B., & Beck, M. (2011). LSCI Powerpoint Training.

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