No matter how long you have been teaching, your teaching style, or the subject you teach, every teacher has had to deal with student problems or problem students. There are three common areas in which both of these problems arise. The first is intellectual/academic problems. These include aggressive or challenging students and students who are struggling in the class. The second area is class management problems. These include dominant students, inattentive students, unprepared students, or students with excuses. The final area is emotional problems. These include angry students, discouraged students, students dealing with psychological problems, or potential suicides. In any of these situations it is important to remember that you are not alone in dealing with these kinds of problems. It also may be helpful to discuss problems with your colleagues to gain some insight into ways to most effectively deal with the issues (McKeachie's Teaching Tips).
From our library--
Baiocco, S.A., & DeWaters, J.N. (1998) . Successful college teaching: Problem-solving strategies of distinguished professors. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Online Resources: Tips and Strategies
Online Publications: Viewpoints, Articles, Books...University of Virginia: Dealing with Unprepared Students