Disruptive Students ?
How Can You Deal With Them!!

Disruptive students are one of many types of frequent distractions that occur throughout the school day.

There are so many variables to consider as well as many different types of disruptions. How you handle a situation depends on what you as a teacher consider as a disruption, what your boundaries/limitations are.

Student disruptions can involve one student versus another student with an object (e.g. scissors, pencil, ruler) or student alone (e.g. whistling, talking to him/herself).

It is important that you have effective strategies and consequences in mind when a situation occurs.

Depending on what the disruption is, some teachers may choose to ignore it, separate the students, send them out into the hall, send them to the office (to see the principal or V.P.). Just don't put them in a corner facing the wall. It is very old school and humiliating and may worsen the situation.

You also have to take into account, how frequently these student disruptions occur with a particular student(s). Repeated disruptions are cause for stronger, firmer consequences and must be dealt with differently.

What you say to the student(s) and how you say it is also very important. Never to ask for permission. You need to state what you have to say in a very authoritative and assertive way; for example, " You need to stop playing with your scissors and get back to work (pause), thank you" or use "I message" - I don't appreciate you whistling right now, and you need to stop (pause), thank you".

Dealing with student disruptions are part of the everyday routine in your classroom - whether it's a minor or major situation. What you say and how you deal with it is the main thing to keep in mind.

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