Identifying the Disruptive Students in Class Teachers, no matter how experienced they are. still have a difficulty pinpointing the disruptive students in class. Some instructors feel small conversations to be already disruptive; thus giving the students some disciplinary actions. Catching the wrong sets of students often leads to more chaos, since the non disruptive ones will receive inappropriate actions. As a teacher, it is our responsibility to correctly identify those troublemakers and contain them in the earliest possible time. Teachers need time in order to determine who caused chaos in the class. This process of observation often takes months before we can correctly identify them. Small talks and chit chats in class while you are lecturing can’t be tagged as a disruptive action. However, if this occurs on a daily basis with the same group of students then you can impose such action because that then is indeed disturbing. If you are a new teacher or a quite experienced one, here is a list of the different disruptive students in class. They are categorized in accordance to their actions and how you can stop them. Be aware of these so you won’t point the wrong students. 1. The talkative. They are students who find the time to really talk to your class. We can not close their mouth, even if you already have some discussions at hand. Keep in mind that these are the most talkative. They do this on purpose on a consistent basis. They often speak loudly or softly in the classroom. As a teacher, it is better to engage these students and prompt them that classes are ongoing. Interrupt them if you can and discuss the concern. If you can not contain them, offer to talk about their behavior outside with or without a presence of a school counselor. 2. Challengers. These people are the ones with an attitude to harass. These types of disruptive students in class seek opportunity to question a professor. They often question the teachings in a way that is disrespecting and looking forward for you to make mistakes. To reprimand these students do not battle in an offensive side. Be calm, responding to their concerns and never think it's a personal attack. Talk to them in a discreet way preferably after class. Or you can simply push them to support their concern and seeking for their responses in class. 3. Attention seeker. These individuals only care to be the center of attention all the time and they never failed. They may be good students because of their ability to volunteer in class discussions and are constantly involved with school. On the down side, they are overshadowing other students that their aggression can be unnerving. They often do not allow other students to participate in class and want all the credit themselves. If you have students like these, then you can request them to tone down their level of participation. You can also discuss this matter privately with the student involved. You can even present his or her classmates feedback and point the negative thing the student had done. These classifications of students in the soonest possible time should be hindered in their actions. As indicated, it would be better to have a keen eye in observing them. If you are sure that they indeed belong to any of these groups and might invoke a bit of chaos and class domination, just follow the above procedures and simple solutions. Disruptive students in class should not be subjected to humiliation, but an understanding of their behavior with that bit of hope of change.
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