Inconsequential Behavior and Consequential Behavior

Inconsequential Behavior

  • Roughly 94% of inappropriate student behavior
  • Handle inconsequential student behavior by ignoring it
  • It is inappropriate behavior that it annoying, not damaging to the learning environment
  • Responding to inconsequential behavior will likely make it worse
  • Will likely go away in 30 seconds


  • Student tapping her pencil
  • Student responds to a question without raising his hand

Consequential Behavior

  • Roughly 6% of inappropriate student behavior
  • Damaging to the learning environment
  • Respond non-coercively


  • Student says something demeaning to another student
  • Student continues to talk to her neighbor while other students are reading
  • Persistent and disruptive
  • Physically or verbally abusive