The 7 Rules of Handling Difficult Students
- Don't question or berate difficult students why they are being difficult, for it may cause them to have more resentment towards you
- When you argue with difficult students, it puts them on equal footing with you, creating a “your word against theirs” situation. Don't do this
- Lecturing, scolding, and yelling will cause all students to dislike you, but when you direct your diatribe toward one particular student, it can be especially damaging. This may cause them to further distance themselves from you and learning
- Don't shower difficult students with praise to try and get them involved. Only give meaningful and heartfelt praise based on true accomplishment
- Don't hold a grudge against a difficult student. Continue to greet your students with a warm smile and greeting
- When you let students get under your skin and you lose emotional control, you become less effective. Don't lose your cool
- Don't ignore misbehavior. Ignoring it will not make it go away and will often make it worse. Instead, follow your classroom management plan as it’s written
- Your classroom management plan merely nudges them in the right direction. Done correctly, it gets students to look inward, to self-evaluate, and to feel the weight of their transgressions.
- Everything hinges on your ability to build relationships with your students.
- Learning as a two-step process: First there’s the transfer of information, then there’s the assimilation of that information by the student
- The transfer step to occur before class, where students need to have their first exposure to the course material happen some other way
- Short, online reading quizzes consisting of open-ended questions that are due several hours before class starts tend to help students do the readings
- Most of the quiz questions are meant to help students focus on and make some sense of key concepts from the textbook section
- Having an open ended final question on the quiz, such as "What’s one question you have about the reading?” helps you to understand what concepts were difficult, and you can adjust you lesson plan accordingly
- Posting a discussion board will also help students learn outside of class, as they can ask other students for help if they have problems with the topics learned in class
I enjoyed the presentations in class today. I thought that Shara did a great job getting her message to the class, and her video was a great way to break the ice and introduce her topic.