Resources for Educators
In light of our March web conference discussion involving Difficult Students, we thought we would include a few tips for handling those relatively mild disruptive behaviors that take us off topic.
- Is it on topic? Answer it!
- Is it off topic, but important and could be a great teaching moment? Answer it! This option requires that you know your subject well, and that you have the time management skills to make up for the lost time at a later date.
- Is it off topic and not appropriate at this time? Save it for another time, or have the student save it.
Managing Disruptions (cross-talk, texting, argumentative)
- Make eye contact and move toward the student.
- Silently wait for the disruption to end.
- Acknowledge the input without agreeing or disagreeing. Some possible responses: “You could be right”, “Thanks for your comment”, “Let’s save that for later”, “What does everyone else think?”
- Remind the whole group of the classroom agreement. (We highly recommend you have one.)
- If all else fails, call for a break and speak with the student privately.