If you have spent anytime in the classroom educating either elementary or high school students, you know that every kid behaves differently. As the sole teacher in the room, you almost have to be a therapist and a juggler as you work with each student’s behaviour as best as you can. Listed below are some of the more common behaviours displayed in the classroom and how to possibly adjust your approach to them on each individual basis.
Perhaps the least disruptive behaviour you will encounter in the classroom. These overachieving students always want to know what more they can be doing to impress you or improve their grade. The best attitude a teacher can have with this behaviour is to just be prepared with adjustments to every assignment to satisfy their needs. For instance, if you assign an essay for the class to do and the overachiever would like to do more, have them also use any of the presentation apps to take the assignment a step further. These students are a little needy, but needy in a good way.
The Lazy Student
You can probably think of a few students off the top of your head that are currently in your classroom that you could deem as lazy. Whether they don’t participate in class discussions or seldom get their homework completed, they are definitely frustrating for an educator who wants to improve every student’s knowledge. There are ways to work within the laziness realm if need be. You can always assign work in the classroom early in the class so they have more of a chance to complete the assignment before the class ends. Homework is overrated anyway, so letting your students work on it in front of you, then you are there to help them with any of their questions.
There are various types of troublemakers in the classroom. However, they are all usually seeking one thing. They want to get attention from the class or even just the teacher. They want to have their antics recognized. Once in a while, you may find out that not recognizing their behaviour might be the best way to handle them. They thrive off the recognition for their silly behaviour, so don’t give it to them unless it is something you obviously cannot ignore. If it happens too often, though, sending the kid to the principal’s office or giving him a detention is something that every teacher will eventually have to do. Plus, maybe reaching out to their teacher from the previous year could provide you the insight you need on their particular case.
I have had some interruptors over the years that would barely let me get a sentence out before they had to interject with something. It was like they somehow became confused and thought they were a talk show host and I was their sidekick. Although, all of these students had one thing in common: They were all good kids that just were a bit too excited all the time. Of course, you can do things to make this behaviour occur less often. I would often change the kid’s seat so he was not in near proximity of me. Usually it was in the back row. I felt what worked best was to talk to the student one on one and explain the situation that this was not a two man show. However, I would say that if they had anything really important to add, just raise the hand and I will call on them.
The Big Man on Campus
Have you ever had a student that you felt was just too big for their britches? You start to question how they were even able to walk into the classroom every day with their head so big. These students often feel like they are too cool for school, but instead there is a good chance they will have a harsh reality check once they graduate. Perhaps their attitude was bestowed upon them by their parents telling them how great they are or maybe they have had some amazing athletic achievements over the years that resulted with the other students looking up to them. In any case, it is partially up to you to get this behaviour in check. I have always had great success in relating to them the story of the two most popular boys in my high school. These two were the best athletes in the whole school and felt like life was going to be one success after the other. The harsh reality was they both dropped out of college, were married a couple of times, and now work menial jobs. Life has a way of knocking you down to your knees if you think you can just skate by.