Avoiding Classroom Confrontations with Problem Students
Once you get to know your students, your problem students will also be known. You can therefore begin almost immediately to design or revise your lesson plan to bring out the best in your problem students. This makes it easier to not confront problem students in front of their peers.
The best way to deal with problem students is to have a subtle approach. Save up the things you have to say to this student and ask him or her to speak with you after class. Talk to the student privately about his difficulties. Explain to him that his behavior must improve; or his test scores or homework must improve.
Try to find out what is happening in his life that is causing the problem in school. If need be, send him to the school counselor. If he has become uncontrollable in the classroom send him to the principal’s office. This may have to be done during class in front of his peers. You cannot allow a totally disruptive child to continue his behavior throughout the entire class.
Perhaps after this one incident of sending him to the principal’s office, you could keep him after class a few days thereafter to determine why he is being disruptive by talking to him. You can also give this child extra attention until he feels more in tune to class procedure.
Students often have a variety of problems both at home, and with other students. Sometimes they just need someone to talk to who will offer them sympathy, empathy, and a helping hand.
Other time’s students can have major problems such as drug addiction and alcoholism. It is important to find out what else besides school is going on in the problem student’s life. In this way you can help him effectively so that he can gain all the positive attributes that school can offer him.
Never underestimate the good in all individuals including your problem students. Problem students could be very bright but socially maladjusted. With today’s overcrowded schools some students are often unnoticed. You problem student wants some kind of recognition.
Try to find the good in this problem student and help him to utilize it. Perhaps he has a special talent that has never been recognized. Look for the good in him/her and try to incorporate activities in your lesson plan that can bring out the good in problem students.
In this way you will not have to confront your problem students in front of their peers, but instead, recognize their achievements in front of their peers.