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Today, it’s a summer day here in CA. Beach is certainly a perfect idea for a day like this. If you are like me, staying at home will not be great, since I dislike both the fan and the A/C.
Geary, one of my students, asked my assistant about how to deal with difficult teachers, mentioning few names and claiming that they didn’t give their students enough explanation about the subject they were discussing.
In the meantime, one of the teachers explained in our staff meeting that she found students’ behavior were hard to deal with and that she could no longer tolerate few students in her class due to their misbehavior.
Both sides were complaining: the teachers, and the students!
It is very normal to have complaints. The students will always find problems with their classes, no matter how hard you try to select your class, you will end up with one or more classes that you don’t really like, but you need to take them to get to your graduation. The solution is simple.
Just go to your adviser and ask for consultation or advice on what to do. This is the safest way to handle a situation where you do not feel comfortable to talk about it with you teacher. You should never yell at the wolf, as they say.
For the teachers, the best thing to do is to be firm but fair at the same time in your classroom.
Consistency and fairness are essential for effective classroom management. If you ignore disruptions one day and come down hard on them the next, your students won’t take you seriously. You will lose respect and disruptions will probably increase. If you appear unfair in how you enforce the rules, the students will resent you.
Address disruptions with in-kind responses. In other words, don’t elevate disruptions above their current significance. For example, if two students keep talking in class, don’t disrupt your lesson to yell at them. Instead, simply say the students’ names and issue a verbal warning. You can also try asking one of them a question to bring their focus back to the lesson.
If a student becomes verbally confrontational, remain calm and remove them from the situation as quickly as possible.
Do not get into yelling matches with your students. And do not bring the rest of the class into the situation by involving them in the disciplinary process.
Oh! The heat is killing us, but I’m not a fan of the fan 🙄