How to Handle Difficult Students
Being a teacher is far from easy but being a good teacher is a great challenge. You should be educated and talented enough to interest every student and every day.
The thing is that you can prepare for any difficult task in your life or get assistance to guarantee better outcomes: pay someone to do coursework, hire specialists to renovate your house, cooperate with professionals to succeed in your work project.
But when it comes to teaching, you have to rely on yourself only, get ready for any possible issues beforehand, and face all the challenges with strength and a positive mood.
One of the sure issues you will come over is difficult students and classroom handling. So, you need to acquire some useful knowledge and tips to know how to act in different situations.
Take Personal Approach
A good teacher can find an approach to every student individually and in all classes at once. This teacher should follow the principle of an individual approach and strive to establish relationships with every student.
This is highly significant in cases with children who are considered to be difficult ones. The thing is that someone has labeled them as difficult and your task as a teacher is to find out why and how that happened and find out more about disruptive behavior.
Usually, such children have trouble at home, with self-esteem, health, peers, and so on, which make them misbehave. So, if you manage to see the core of the problem, try to understand and make connections with the student through individual talks, tasks, observation, and exercises, you will be able to handle the classroom situation with ease.
Strive for Cooperation
When you decide to be a teacher you need to understand from the very beginning that there should be barriers between you as a teacher and the class. Although you need to aim to appropriate attitude student-teacher, cooperation should be the core of your actions in the classroom.
- Cooperation with students – if you have not only single students with disruptive behavior but a whole group who disobey, cooperation can be your main weapon. In such a situation your task is to cooperate with the group leader, find an approach to him, and the group will follow, or get the group interested in a catching task to make them cooperate and target to success together.
- Cooperation with parents – if you have difficult students you surely should get to know their parents. In most cases, parents are very helpful since they are primarily interested in fruitful outcomes of the education process. Parents can explain to you the reasons for the untypical behavior of their kids, advise on how to handle or interest their kids, and more.
Care about Positive Reinforcement
Everybody needs to be praised. Positive reinforcement is a great power that can move your students to success and can be the key to cooperation with difficult students.
Children with disruptive behavior are surely not bad, stupid, or not talented ones. They may be just misunderstood previously in the nursery school and got used that they are ‘bodies and unsuccessful in studying.
When you praise such kids even for minor achievements they get inspired to achieve more. This way you can also build a special connection with the students as well
Keep Your Face
Anger is a direct characteristic of weakness. So, getting angry in front of the class or losing control is the last thing to do. Even if you have a whole class of difficult students.
Try to take any situation with a straight face and a positive mood. Use breathing techniques, counting, and calm down in any suitable way.
Try to take challenging situations with fun and a smile on your face. Turn offenses into jokes and scandals into interesting discussions.
Yet, you should always know the limits and stick to the rules, and don’t let friendly relationships become a too familiar attitude.
If you are a newcomer teacher to the class or school or want to start the school year from the fresh page, it is vital to settle the rules from the very first minute.
In case your rules include fair regulations with both punishments and praises, students will learn to take responsibility for their actions and strive for improvement.
Follow Your Calling
Deciding to be a teacher you are already prepared for daily challenges waiting for you. And disruptive behavior in the class is not the biggest issue at all.
Don’t start with labeling your students as difficult but impress them and give them chance to impress you.
Get to know your students closer to understand their interests and motivation and manage them easier. Try to cooperate with everyone individually and handle the class in general. Establish connections with parents and acquire new knowledge about your kids. Stay calm and positive in any case and follow the rules you settle at the beginning.
All in all, follow your calling, love your job and your students, and be a great teacher with ease.