How to Use the Antiseptic Bounce in Your Classroom

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The Antiseptic Bounce

The Antiseptic Bounce is a preventative behaviour management measure.

It is used as a temporary reprieve for student misbehaviour.

In essence a student is removed, temporarily, from a situation where it is likely that he/she will become a disruptive influence.

The Antiseptic bounce is a non-punitive measure, so it should not be seen as a punishment.

When the environment is becoming difficult, students exhibit certain behaviours. They may fidget, talk loudly, groan or lose control. The teacher may be send the student on an errand. The child may be asked to retrieve an object from the staff room, or pass a note to another teacher.

The intent is to stop further escalation of behaviours that would require intensive intervention.

Antiseptic bouncing can be effective for students that do not respond well to any type of attention as they begin to be frustrated or angry.

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When to Use The Antiseptic Bounce


Defiant students.

  • When a student’s behaviour is so disruptive that you are not confident they will even listen to of follow your instruction.
  • When you doubt that the student will respond to verbal controls.:
  • The students seem difficult to motivate towards learning and no action of your part is making a difference.

The strategy involves asking the student to temporarily leave the class room on an assigned task.

You can tell the student to get a drink or deliver a message.

It is important to remember that antiseptic bouncing, is not to be seen as a punishment.  The antiseptic bounce is a proactive strategy to enable the student to gain self control.

Unfortunately, relief teachers don't always know where to send disruptive students.

That makes the antiseptic bounce a good temporary strategy.

Quite often, when the student returns to the classroom, they are a little calmer.

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