Figured asking here couldn’t hurt. I have a class of 11 students. 9 boys, 2 girls. One girl and one boy have learning disabilities. I don’t know exactly what, but it seems that both have issues with staying on topic, and the boy also acts out when he’s distracted. Now that the rest of the class understands that I mean business and want to cover everything and help them learn, they are now getting frustrated with said boy.
I try to redirect focus each time and the girl with LD actually read tonight in class out loud for the first time. I was so happy to see her open to do that, and she did great. The boy is my main concern. Other kids are now voicing their annoyance with his distractions and behavior and there’s only so many times I want to call attention to his behavior by asking him to be quiet or stop what he’s doing.
I don’t want to isolate him but I also don’t want the other kids to be hurtful even though they are telling him to stop, they are 8th graders so the maturity level is not high.
We mostly spend the first half of class reading the chapter together aloud, then I do some activity that is engaging for them.
I’m looking for suggestions on how to reign in this boy to keep him from opportunities or the need to act out for attention.