experienced teachers may have found that all it takes
is one disruptive student to derail a class and drain
the joy right out of teaching.
Of course, disruption in a
classroom is not necessarily a bad thing. Some would
argue that disruptive people are essential to the
– they stir
things up, they shake the box, they push thinking to
the edges. And such creativity is essential to
learning and growth.
there’s a line crossed where disruption becomes
destruction, and that we can’t allow as effective
A few primary tips for dealing with classroom
while they’re small: recognize the trouble
signs, such as incrementally escalating conflicts.
Work as a
control rod: absorb the radioactivity in a
classroom when necessary.
Seek ways to
turn conflict into learning: assign a research
project, perhaps having them work in a team.
students feel connected: "I hear you" can be
three very powerful words.
once people know where the walls are, they'll
often stop pushing. Know when to lower the boom.
We have a duty to protect the learning environment
of our students.
your support team: mentors, department heads,
video clip below, I share a presentation from a
seminar on dealing with disruptive students
prepared for online instructors, but the concepts
apply to teachers on-ground as well.
presentation proposes three levels of intervention
with disruptive students, including the educator mode,
the counselor mode, and the corrective mode.