I liked how Vivian Gussin Paley explains her lack of response to a child being disruptive. She tells her colleagues “…for me, Jason’s behavior in the story room was annoying but in no way harmful. Had I moved in with force – separating him from the group, punishing him in some way – that would be harmful to the group. for then I would have admitted to a lack of faith in the power of reason and good will to solve our problems, not necessarily on the spot, but eventually.”
Ref: p.53 Vivian Gussin Paley (1990) The Boy who Would be a Helicopter: the uses of storytelling in the classroom. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England.