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What do you think is the best way to deal with disruptive students in the classroom?

One of the most frustrating parts of my job as a teacher are disruptive students. It is one of the most common cause of distractions in my class. This presents itself in many forms and as a teacher, I find it hard to adequately address the situation when it arises. A particular incident happen one day when a boy was beating the table and in a matter of seconds, his other class mates also joined him. The class become rowdy and noisy as I was unable to control them. I want to ask what is the best way to deal with disruptive students in my class.

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Hello there,

I can certainly understand your frustration. However, join the club, lol. Kids are going to be kids and sometimes you have to just remember to have fun with it…(I mean sometimes).

For instance: let them get a beat going and just improv it (whatever is fun!!?!? know how to read your classroom) have a bit of fun and then bring their attention back to the lesson.

However, for that disruptive student if it tends to be the same one you may want to pull them aside and have a one to one conversation about their behavior.


Kneeling at the student’s desk to regroup their attention if they are starting up:

For instance, a student is tapping their desk and you’re teaching…walk to their desk, kneel down close enough for them to hear, direct eye contact and ask for their focus and to stop.


…inviting them to the front of the class to assist you in your instruction: gets them more engaged.

And honestly, just truly being there for the right reasons and your students know you care…typically the respect follows.

Nevertheless, Good luck!

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