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I teach physical science to freshman. i have 5 classes throughout the day, and i have 1 class of about 24 students. in this class about 8 of them are absolutely unruly, disrespectful, rude, etc etc etc... they show no sign of caring about their grades or getting in trouble. I cannot teach my class effectively with these students acting the way that they do on a daily basis. the other students in the class are suffering as well because they cannot hear what i say or pay attention while im teaching, i have separated these students as best i can in the room that i have, but their comment when i did that was, " WE CAN STILL TALK TO EACH OTHER, WE ARENT THAT FAR APART." I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO TO FIX THIS ISSUE. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!!

Mar 8, 2016 11:23am

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    • Mar 9, 2016 8:21pm

      I'm not sure if there is a certain discipline policy in your school, but here is what I do (with my tough students) when they are being disruptive.

      1. Bring a principal or admin. How about instead of sending a student to the principal's office, we have a principal come in to our classroom? This happened just last week, when one of our assistant principals sat in our rooms. Students got quiet. They feel like they are being observed. As an added bonus, your administrator will also see what you have to deal with every day.

      2. Detention/Time outs. My school has a designated room for time outs and after school detentions. If we need to remove a student from our rooms during school hours, we send them to a different room called a "time out room". An adult is there to supervise. I assign detentions as well for misbehavior.

      3. Call home and talk about credits. The key here is to not threaten, but to inform. I usually call home and talk to parents about a possibility of losing credit for the class due to incomplete assignments and poor exam scores. Thus, they won't be receiving credit for the course, which of course results in delaying graduation. I'm assuming that no student or parent would want to have to repeat another year of school. This will get a conversation going at homes.

      4. Removal until parent meeting. I use this method if things get serious. I send the student to the "time out" room or the administrators office and have the student remain there until a parent comes for a conference. This means that the student is no longer allowed to come into my classroom until a parent comes to school campus for conference.

      I'm not suggesting that these four will apply to your circumstances, but I'm just simply sharing what my school discipline policy looks like. Also to remember that it's not your fault, and we can't help students if they are not willing to receive any. I would instead work with the students who are willing to learn. This is not ignoring the "other" students. Our job is to give, and their job is to take; therefore, they have. If they don't take, then we can't force them to have, no matter how hard we try.

      • Mar 10, 2016 3:06pm

        You can establish incentives for good behavior. Either with just those unruly students or with the entire class.

        Things like "Give me 10 minutes of your undivided attention without interruptions or outbursts and I will play music while you work independently."

        You could also develop a point system. Sometimes I play what I call "Class versus Teach". Each side (the class and I) start with 10 points. I take away a point when they do something wrong. I give a point when they follow a procedure without prompting (turning in work quietly, getting through notes with outbursts). At the end of the class we see who wins. If the behavior has been persistent I don't tally the wins until the end of the week. If they beat me (the teacher) I give them some kind of reward. My students are found of candy or individual bags of chips.