How to Deal with Disruptive Students in the Classroom
They say that teaching is a fulfilling profession. Teachers are always expected to act a certain way, to the extent that parents and students often forget that they are human too.
Some students like to test their teacher’s limits, and disruptive students can prove to be challenging for the teacher in charge.
Stay in Charge in a Difficult Situation As the teacher, it is your job to be in control and to handle your students. That means encouraging them when they have done good, and disciplining them when they have done wrong. But just how does one take on the challenge? Here are a few ways to handle a disruptive situation in the classroom:
Try to Understand the Student’s Side When a student does something disruptive in class like bullying a classmate, set them aside and ask them for their side of the story. Everyone wants to be heard and made to feel like what they have to say matters. Listen and try to see from the student’s perspective why they are doing what they are doing. After this, you can calmly explain to them why their actions are unacceptable. Correct their actions, and where applicable, provide a better outlet for their emotions.
Make the student accept responsibility for their behavior Of course, students must learn that for every action, there is a consequence. After explaining and answering their questions on why their behavior is unacceptable, it is now time for them to take responsibility. If they make a classmate cry, or they have destroyed property, make sure that they understand why they are apologizing and why they need to do that.
Remain calm Even when you are under a lot of pressure and stress from handling the children, it is essential – as a teacher – to keep calm. Raising your voice may instill fear into the students and will command authority, but it is best to leave that as a last resort. Always try to approach the situation in a calm manner. In doing so, mistakes can be avoided, and everything can be settled in a peaceful manner.
Treat your students with respect It’s often easy to overlook, but children are people too. It is important to see them as individuals who deserve your respect, even if they are young and insufferable at times. Treat your students the way you want to be treated, and always act the way you want your students to act. Children tend to imitate what they see, and starting with your own posture and behavior is the best place to start.
Focus on recognizing and rewarding acceptable behavior Another important thing to remember is that children love to be praised. So it’s important to recognize their achievements and good behavior as it lets them know that what they are doing is appreciated. What’s more, it gives the student a feeling of accomplishment; a feeling that they are doing good, which means they will continue doing good and behaving well in school, at home, and with their peers.
Never shame or embarrass them Psychological wounds can persist for years. That is why you should never yell or belittle a student who has misbehaved. If reprimanding them is a must, it is important to discuss the matter in private. Preferably after school or during the break, where the other students will not overhear your conversation. This can save them from having to explain anything to their peers and will save them from potential psychological scars. As children, their teachers are their second parents. Aside from teaching them academically, teachers must also help in the psychological development of their students. What they learn from their time with you can be brought with them through to college and into adulthood.