School-Based Intervention Idea from


Use a ‘Buddy Teacher’ for Brief Student Breaks  (Boynton & Boynton, 2005)

Sending a mildly non-compliant student on a short visit to a neighboring classroom can give both the teacher and student a needed break.

Arrange with an instructor in a nearby room for either of you to send a student to the other’s room whenever you need a short respite from the student. Set aside a seating area in each classroom for student visitors. NOTE: These timeouts should be used only sparingly and should NOT be used if the student appears to find the breaks rewarding or to seek them as a way to avoid work.


Boynton, M. & Boynton, C. (2005). The educator’s guide to preventing and solving discipline problems. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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