Disruptive Behaviors in The Classroom
One of the things that is worrying for the majority of teachers is disruptive behaviors. Of course, there is no formula to put an end to them, but controlling classroom variables is helpful to get somewhere. Once this is done, as teachers, we can generate a healthy and positive environment for learning. For this reason, I would like to share with you some tips which I think practical to deal efficiently with discipline issues.
First of all, as teachers we should firmly believe that students are youngsters and not gangsters. As long as you are a teacher, for students, you are already representing a status of authority. In turn, teenagers would naturally act against it, against you, so that they prove their existence. However, to break up this perception, it would be a good idea to share your teacher power with your students. This sharing should cover those who think they have also the right to rule and to make things go on in the classroom. There's no better way than task delegation when conducting your lesson activities. The objective behind this is to engage the students who are sitting at the back feeling somewhat neglected and useless. By making them feel important like their peers, their self-esteem increases and hence their motivation for learning.
Another tip to avoid disciplinary problems is to make class coverage one of your priorities. Indeed when you exclude some students and favor others, because they are brilliant, you open the door for issues. The excluded students, by consequence, lose interest in the subject matter and they turn to any means to feel some change because they are already bored. But if you cater for a range of activities that can suit all the students' needs, things would be fine. As a result, You win your students, especially if you conduct a lesson using IT for instance and could tap on topics of their favorites. Many teachers today try to include other subjects such as music, sports, math and the like to bring life to their lesson. Students will have full attention when they see change of this kind by way of interdisciplinarity. The teacher is supposed to be the agent of change and you have to know that routine is another direct cause to disruptive behaviors.
In conclusion, we cannot expect to practice our profession of teaching without having some students going 'wild' from time to time in our classroom. Yet, we should bear in mind that the youth have their own circle and we have to smoothly get into it. Being communicative and open are ways to do so. Once we are definitely in, we will be able to deal with our students in tactful and diplomatic way as regards the issues that might come out.