Improve Kids’ Behavior: Catch Them Being Good

Parents, teachers and caregivers often respond to misbehavior by verbally correcting the child and doling out consequences. But some teachers are being taught a strategy called active ignoring. They overlook disruptive behavior and either focus on a child who is behaving, or wait until the misbehaving child exhibits a desirable behavior. For example, a teacher may ignore a child calling out an answer and call on the student who is raising her hand.