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Inclusivity and Diversity
Video 4: Engaging disruptive students
What do you do if students aren’t engaged?
- One of the easiest ways to overcome this is to set ground rules within the classroom, and to use your students to actually set the ground rules. I.e. the format of the session, rules on mobile phones, rules on eating, etc. Also how, as a class, you are going to deal with any forms of disruptive behaviour, and the student and teacher rights within the classroom. It is easy to do this by using flipchart paper, and the big advantage is that the students have full ownership of the ground rules, and that really helps to overcome general forms of disruptive behaviour.
- Another area you need to look at as a lecturer is behaviour management:
1. Avoid confrontation in the classroom at all times. If you do have an issue within the classroom then use any break as an opportunity to have a quick, friendly chat with the student.
2. Keep calm. If there is an issue with behaviour in the classroom, then as a teacher, you needto keep calm.
3. There is usually a reason why a student is being disruptive. A nice friendly chat is normally a way of resolving that issue.
- It is important to set the ground rules right from the start, and then to be consistent with them. Most of the time students know that if you say ‘no mobile phones’ they won’t be expecting to be able to use their mobile phones in lessons. It’s a lot about respect to be honest. Set those rules with them.
- There is very little confrontation usually, and very few problems. It is about keeping students interested and engaged. If they are interested in what you are talking about, if they are doing things then the chances are they’re not going to start going on their mobile phones or looking at Facebook on their laptops.
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