School-Based Intervention Idea from


Relax Before Responding  (Braithwaite, 2001)

Educators can maintain self-control during a tense classroom situation by using a brief, simple stress-reduction technique before responding to a studentís provocative remark or behavior.

When provoked, for example, take a deeper-than-normal breath and release it slowly, or mentally count to 10. As an added benefit, this strategy of conscious relaxation allows the educator an additional moment to think through an appropriate response--rather than simply reacting to the student's behavior.


Braithwaite, R. (2001). Managing aggression. New York: Routledge.

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