Disruptive students are those who interfere with instruction and the instructor’s ability to conduct a class. Eventually, this leads to other students being unable to profit from the instruction they are there to receive.
Preventing Disruptive Behavior
Setting clear guidelines at the start of each term will aid in setting the tone in the classroom. This small investment in time will aid in keeping disruptions to a minimum and hold students accountable to a known standard. Clear expectations should be discussed with students and detailed in the course syllabus.
Responding to Disruption
When responding to disruption be sure to express empathy, develop discrepancy, avoid arguments, roll with resistance, establish group rules, and attack ideas not people.
- Northeastern University: disruptive students in the classroom
- Jason Ebbeling and Brian Van Brunt EdD (Faculty Focus): Four Tips for Dealing with Difficult Students
- Jason Ebbeling and Brian Van Brunt EdD (Faculty Focus): Three Tips for Handling Disruptive Students