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Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Special Education Teacher interview

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Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
Answer example

"I recently had a student lose complete control of his emotions during class. I was able to calm him down by talking very gently and creating strong eye contact. This particular student will have outbursts from time to time so I am well versed on how to manage that type of situation. After class, I was sure to document the incident in his file and report it to my supervisor."

Answer example

"I had one student get very angry when we were going to the cafeteria to see a presentation. He refused to enter the cafeteria. So I had to figure out why he was so angry. I found out that he thought that we would be going to the auditorium, and that he was expecting to be in a dim room. So I got him a pair of little sunglasses. He watched the presentation and got along with everyone else happily."

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Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
1.
I have calmed a child down. I hugged, rocked, and talked to the child. She calmed after five minutes.
2.
As a Special Education teacher, I have had several instances where I had to calm a student down. Some instances that I have experienced is when a student had severe anxiety over an assessment. At this time, I would talk with the student to relax him, and follow a plan that I created in order to ensure that the anxiety was reduced and the student was in a more comfortable mind frame.
3.
Yes, I just sit with them, or walk with them. Let them uncool themselves,
4.
Yes, first I cleared the room, let the student have his meltdown, I made sure he did not hurt himself, let him go on his rant, eventually he calmed down himself.
5.
Yes. Often. Use a calming approach give them space.
6.
On a daily basis with my three year old. I had a student that was very upset one time and throwing a tantrum in the classroom which was distracting the entire class. I asked him to step outside and sit on the bench directly outside our classroom window where I could see him and I left the door open. I watched as he calmed himself down-I've learned that it's extremely difficult to reason with an upset child in the middle of their tantrum. As they calm down they can discuss things on a more rational level. I went outside after a couple of minutes and spoke to him one on one kneeling down to his eye level. I let him know that his behavior in the classroom was unacceptable and I told him the proper way to get what he wanted.
7.
I did have to calm a student with Oppositional Defiance Disorder. I remained calm, and restated the rule Just acknowledge the behavior, state it as I see it, explain how it will need to change and then remove yourself from all arguments. Follow the plan as written in the Behavioral Plan.
8.
I was in a situation where I had to calm down a student who was having a meltdown. I began by letting them know that I was there with them. I sat calmly with them and took some deep breaths. They then joined me in my deep breathing and we were able to calm down together and eventually talk about what happened.
9.
A student got in an argument with another student and was becoming extremely angry. I made up a reason why I needed to take a walk to my mailbox and asked him to join me. This allowed him to calm down, get away from his peers, and have the chance to sort out his feelings with me.
10.
I did, one of my students was not happy he had to do a worksheet and he was pacing the room and crying. I was able to talk to him and get the student to calm down. I did this by saying I would be there by him to read it to him and to help him if he had any problems. In addition, I would let him finish his coloring page from earlier if he completed the worksheet correctly.
11.
Yes able to calm student down and turn the behavior into a learning experience.
12.
I have worked with behavior students. I have had to chase one of my students down the hall and stop him. We would chat. I would steer the conversation to something that he was interested in. Then when he was calm, we would address the issue.
13.
Yes, during a 911 call I had to calm the mother of a child who was not breathing.
14.
Yes I had to calm persons down before. The individual needed help in learning how to express their emotions by talking calmly instead of yelling.
15.
I've been in this situation many times. I tell them they are not allowed to hit me, the desk, others or throw things. They can go away from everyone to calm down and I will check on them. I have emotion charts where they can fill in how angry they are on a scale and write about what is bothering them. Many times I am able to help once I know why they needed to be calmed down.
16.
Approaching calmly, and speaking softly aids in calming a person down. I have been in numerous incidents working in a high school setting and the one thing not to do is to come across yelling and judgmental. Take the student away from the issue and walk them done to the office.
17.
I had a student start swearing at me during class. I did not get upset. I very calmly said "I can see that you are upset. Please step into the hall and take a few minutes and we can talk when you are ready. I did not send the student to the dean, and felt by not doing so I was not further aggravating the situation. I was also able to then get the student to calmy speak to me, which I felt helped me to earn trust with the student.
18.
When trying to calm someone down, I have told them to take a time out. Once a sufficient amount of time has passed to discuss and reevaluate the situation calmly I will do so. Unless it is an extreme situation, I try to give everyone time to calm, if not things could get worse and yelling will not help.
19.
Yes, talk person through what is happening, and give support to him/her.
20.
Yes, the child I worked with was very upset and ran from the classroom. I taught her to use Dots and Squeezies to calm herself down and helped her to learn deep breathing and asked her if it was okay for me to apply pressure to her shoulders. She was one that responded well to a quiet voice, a calm tone, and deep pressure. She settled right down.
21.
A student became agitated. The student had math work in front of him. He started writing down random numbers. I asked him if I could show him a trick I had learned, a number line, to figure out positive and negative numbers. When he could successfully locate the correct numbers on a few questions I let him try to solve a few problems on his own. I came back and urged him to again use the timeline. It was very rewarding to see the student become more confident with the use of math tools!
22.
Yes, many times in teaching mild/moderate students. A student was yelling and cursing at me and other students and I calmly walked up to the student and asked him to take five outside the class to calm down. I talked to him outside with a aid in the room watching my students.
23.
Use a quite voice and try to remove them from the situation or a time out for them to calm down.

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