“Please stop.”

This is one of the standard ‘scripts’ that I use with children when we’re working on behavior/rules/procedures.

This is posted in Classroom Management, but all the posts under Scripts are directly related to this.

The first day of school, and every day thereafter, I tell the children that if someone is doing something they don’t like, say “Please stop”.  I also tell them that if someone asks them to please stop _________, they should stop.

There is magic in those words, because it gives the child the power to take care of a situation.  As the year goes on, when a child comes to tell me what ________ did, I ask “Did you like that?”  “No.”  “What can you say?”  (Child turns around to the offender) – “Please stop”.  And 90% of the time that’s all it takes!  I don’t have to solve it for them – they take care of it. 

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