25 Sure-Fire Strategies for Handling Difficult Students (Part 1)

There are always some students that make teaching so hard due to their misbehaviour. Linda Shalaway has shared her ideas with the belief that they will work on those ‘special’ cases.

Then, when you encounter a difficult case, keep in mind the following tips

    1. Take a deep breath and try to remain calm. It’s natural to be overcome with frustration, resentment, and anger. However, when you are, you become less rational, and your agitation becomes contagious.
    2. Try to set a positive tone and model an appropriate response, even if it means you must take a few moments to compose yourself. Acknowledge that you need time to think, time to respond. “This is upsetting me, too, but I need a few minutes to think before we talk about it.”
    3. Make sure students understand that it’s their misbehaviour you dislike, not them. “I like you, Jason. Right now, your behaviour is unacceptable”.
    4. Give the misbehaving student a chance to respond positively by explaining not only what he or she is doing wrong, but also what he or she can do to correct it.
    5. No blaming.
    6. Avoid win-lose conflicts. Emphasize problem-solving instead of punishment.
    7. Insist that students accept responsibility for their behaviour.
    8. Try to remain courteous in the face of hostility or anger. Showing students that you care about them and their problems will help you earn their respect and establish rapport.
    9. Treat all students respectfully and politely. Be consistent in what you let them say and do. Be careful not to favour certain students.
    10. Be an attentive listener. Encourage students to talk out feelings and concerns and help them clarify their comments by restating them.


To be continued …

Source: Scholastic Teacher


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