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Disruptive Behavior in The Classroom: What Not To Do

For teachers, disruptive behavior always presents problems in class. Thus, as classroom managers and leaders, we tend to discipline students and give warnings. This in turn gives us that mere hope that the said individuals will not repeat the actions in the long run. Oftentimes, teachers have that disparity as to what role they should take in terms of disciplining the students. Being as noisy as they are and even how stubborn they can be, some teachers will often overlook it to the point that it will be repeated again. Someteachers will instead call the students and reprimand them in a discipline they know best, and often end up being called by the principal and being reprimanded in return. As a teacher we sometimes don’t know what to do. Thus, here are some things that you must not do given a disruptive behavior shown by one student - or a group of them. 1. Do not scold them in class. Students no matter how stubborn they are can still feel hurt. When they are noisy in class, as much as possible don’t call out or write their names on the board. This is a form of feeding their attention. In turn, they might be embarrassed by their classmates and ultimately may repeat the actions. Students are often testing the patience of their teachers. If you feel the need to tell them that what they did was wrong, do so in a personal way without no other students present.

2. Do not let the any disruptive behavior pass. The first offense is the most critical turning point in your discipline methodology. Thus, if a student misbehaved in class for the first time, do not let this pass. Talk to him personally and identify what he or she had done wrong. Do not let one error left unnoticed. If you do, students will simply think that you can welcome such behavior in your classroom. Thus with this, they might do the disruptive behavior again. 3. Never run out of patience. This could be very difficult to do, but as a teacher, patience is always a virtue and must always be present. To the extent possible, contain all the anger and stress when you discipline a student or group of students. For one thing, when you lose that value it can trigger anger and rage. This in turn can lead to yelling and saying bad words to them. For sure this can be reported by the students and might be used against you. Therefore, you need to be very careful. Maintain a peaceful mind every day and transition into something calm when a bad situation arises. Do not succumb to anger. Lengthening our patience takes time to inculcate it within ourselves but it is the only way for us to never lose our cool. As a mentor our job description not only says that we impart the subject at hand. There's more depth to it that you can imagine. Therefore, take this as a guide when something unexpected arises. This will


also save you and your profession. Disruptive behavior in classis not really difficult to handle, it’s just a matter of how you approach the situation calmly and professionally.


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