Top 10 tips for dealing with disrespectful students
What if helping one student helped the whole class?
For teachers, it seems like a dream come true. And it all boils down to focusing on the disrespectful students.
Read on for ten tips for dealing with struggling students!
1.Contacting parents of disrespectful students
Sometimes the old ways are the best. And a good way to deal with disrespectful students is to contact their parents.
This can improve behavior in the short term simply because the disruptive student knows that punishment can extend beyond the classroom into family life.
2. Distinguish between discomfort and disrespect
It is important for every teacher to distinguish between disability and disrespect. Otherwise you will do more harm than good.
Sometimes a child disrupts your class because it is a child. Things like short attention spans and mood swings come from the area. Or you may have students with autism without even knowing it.
3.Suggest an individual make-up time
Your first instinct towards disrespectful students will be to punish them in some way. However, there is another alternative that you may not have considered.
Sometimes students are disrespectful because they don’t understand the material. They hold back and lash out in anger and confusion.
Ask to meet the student after class, and then offer after-school time to catch up on unfinished business. This approach offers many advantages.
4. Make rules together
One of the most common reasons for disrespect towards students is breaking the rules. They often feel that the rules imposed on them are unfair.
Imagine an exercise where you and your students agree on rules at the beginning of the lesson. This makes the disrespectful student feel like they are actually in control of the class.
5. Do not climb during class
Let’s face it, if your child is the brightest in the class, your first instinct is probably to use sarcasm to address them. However, this is a bad idea.
Often a disrespectful student acts to gain attention. Making a scene in class gives them exactly what they want.
This is why “come to me after class” was coined. This allows you to tackle an issue without an audience, which is more effective overall.
6. Point out extracurricular activities to them
Sometimes children do well in class because they are bored. Other times they do it because they have too much energy on their hands.
In either case, the student would benefit from extracurricular activities. Try to refer struggling students to clubs or activities that you think they will enjoy.
Hopefully they will put their enthusiasm and energy into a new project. They will be grateful if you help them discover something new.
7. Fast learning and disrespect
As mentioned above, disrespectful students sometimes get bored. And they can get bored because they learn quickly and don’t want to wait for others to catch up.
It may seem paradoxical, but try to put these kids in leadership positions. Make them leaders of groups or projects, encourage them to read, etc.
You will love to show off and feel in control. And you will enjoy a smooth course!
8. Proceed as quickly as possible
In class we talked about the importance of not making things worse. However, it is always important to address disrespect as soon as possible.
9. Offer more hands-on activities
In many cases, disrespectful and disruptive students are referred to as “kinaesthetic learners.” They learn more in practical classes.
Unfortunately, most school lessons are beneficial to both visual and auditory learners. This causes kinesthetic learners to feel left out and annoyed.
10. Track their attention span
As I said, sometimes students just act out of boredom. One of the reasons for this is their ability to concentrate.
Typically, students their age can only give about a minute of undivided attention. A 10-year-old can concentrate for about ten minutes before his mind wanders.