Tips for Dealing With Confrontational Students
When finding ways to deal with confrontational students in the classroom,
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today I'll share some tips on dealing with confrontational students.Confrontational students in the classroom can be one of the most difficult issues of discipline that a teacher can deal with. Remember to keep control of your temper. Calmness equates to authority. And it's important to maintain that authority, even in a hostile situation.Keep control of the classroom. Try keeping your voice even. Hopefully, not responding to belligerent behavior will help calm the students. And try to bring the student outside the classroom to correct the behavior. Addressing the student one-on-one isolates the behavior from the classroom setting, and helps keep control of the entire class.Identify the issue. Why is the student acting this way? Try to address the root cause of this behavior and find a solution.Don't let yourself get in a dangerous situation. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, call the office. You want to keep yourself and your other students out of risk.Consult with parents. The root of the problem may be something going on at home, and a discussion with the parents may give you a clue to the student's ongoing behavior in the classroom. Avoid blame, but discuss the situation -- and try, together, to try and create a plan for the solution.When finding ways to deal with confrontational students in the classroom, think of it as a learning experience -- for yourself, the student, and sometimes, the parents.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.