There are a number of different kinds of
students who might interfere with your classroom management
abilities. These include attention seekers, inattentive students,
students who come to class unprepared, students with excuses,
angry students, discouraged students, students who react
emotionally to sensitive topics, or even students who are dealing
with psychological problems. There are several things to remember
when encountering this or any other type of student that may
disrupt your classroom. (1) confront students who disobey your
rules and use this as an opportunity to model appropriate
behaviors; (2) listen to your students and teach them to listen
to each other; (3) don't lose your temper; (4) talk to
colleagues and ask them what they would do in your situation; and
(5) remember that the students who have problems need your help,
not your criticism (McKeachie, W.J., & Svinicki, M.,
McKeachie's Teaching Tips).
From our library--
Amada, G. (1999). Coping with misconduct in the college classroom: A practical model. Asheville, NC: College Administration Publications, INC.
Rubenstein, G. (1999). Reluctant disciplinarian: Advice on classroom management from a softy who became (eventually) a successful teacher. Fort Collins, CO: Cottonwood Press, INC.
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