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Proper communication can tame disruptive behaviour

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th September 2009 03:00 AM

THIRD term is crucial for students at all levels. This is because whether or not the students progress to the next level depends largely on how they handle this term, or how they are handled.

TEACHERS’ DESK

By Ronald Omara


THIRD term is crucial for students at all levels. This is because whether or not the students progress to the next level depends largely on how they handle this term, or how they are handled.

As teachers there is a lot that we can do to contain students that disrupt lessons:
Identify the trouble causers first. Figure out the stubborn student who in many cases will repeatedly cause disruptions.
  • Talk to the offending student privately in order to extract meaningful information and secure their confidence.

  • Look out for the student’s strong points and publicly praise the student for good behaviour. This impresses upon the student that much as they are known to be disruptive, they also have a good side to them.

  • Do not violently confront the student or dehumanise, insult or demean them.

  • Learn everything about such students — their background, former schools (and reason for change of school if applicable), past performance and their close friends. This enables you help the student effectively.

  • Involve all stakeholders in the students’ stay at school. Ask them to make statements indicating what they have done and let their parents and other teachers know. Once a student is aware that everyone knows them, they tend to keep away from trouble.

  • Be a good example to the students. Students are impressionable and will copy anything. A teacher who is easily distracted by small happenings in class gives a bad example.

  • Secure the student’s commitment not to misbehave in future. Such a commitment letter can be kept in the student’s file for future reference. The letter can be witnessed by the guardian and the class teacher. This is one of the ways of imposing the responsibility of good behaviour on the student.

  • Should they misbehave in future, then they will have broken their own promises

    The writer is a teacher at Crane High School, Kitintale

    Proper communication can tame disruptive behaviour

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