Identifying the Disruptive Students in Class
Jan 9, 2010 Classroom Management 5996 Views
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. Consistent talkers. They are the students who really find time to talk in your class. They just can't shut their mouths up even if you are already doing lectures. Bear in mind that these are the talkative ones. They do this action on a consistent basis. They often talk loud or whisper in class. As a teacher it is best to prompt these students during class. Interrupt them if you can and discuss the issue. If you can't contain them offer to talk their behavior outside or with a guidance counselor.
2. Challengers. These individuals are the one with a badgering attitude. These types of disruptive students in class always see the opportunity in questioning a teacher at hand. They often question you with the lessons in a manner that is already disrespectful and is egging you to make mistakes. To reprimand these students, do not take the offensive side. Be calm in answering their concerns and never think it is a personal attack. Talk to them in a discreet manner after class. Or you can simply push them to support their concern and state it before the class.
3. Attention seekers. These students simply want to be in the spotlight all the time. They might be good students sometime since they tend to talk all the time during discussions, but their aggressiveness can be disturbing. They don't often let other students recite in class and want the whole credit to themselves. If you have students like this, interrupt them and ask the rest of the class. You can also discuss this matter privately with the student and allow their classmates to frame how they perceive them.
These types of disturbing students as early as possible must be reprimanded in their actions. As stated, it would be good to observe them first. If they are already setting their toes forward invoking a little chaos or domination, simply follow the procedures stated. Disruptive students in class must not be subjected to humiliation but instead, an understanding of their behavior.