Classroom Management – How To manager strength Seeking Students
The sad fact is, it doesn’t matter how well teachers know their content…it doesn’t matter how many strategies teachers know to enhance reading comprehension or to increase academic achievement…if teachers can not manage their classroom, they can not teach.
Many experts in education agree that the students who are causing the classroom management problems usually fall into one of four categories:
1. attention seekers ~ (pencil tappers, hummers, students who talk out etc.)
2. strength seekers ~ (always getting in the last information, muttering under their breath)
3. revenge seekers ~ (recipients of frequent punishment)
4. avoiding failure ~ (students who don’t do the work or withdraw from the lesson as a method of avoiding more failure)
However, for most teachers, it is the strength seekers that start to make our blood boil. These are the students who question your authority and do so in front of the whole class.
Many teachers feel that they cannot let the strength seeking student get in the last information because the will lose confront with the rest of the class…leading others to feel comfortable questioning your authority in addition.
These strength seekers are trying to “bait” the teacher by mumbling something under their breath or flat out stating, “You can’t make me do this assignment!”
Bottom line…these strength seeking students are trying to get a reaction out of the teacher and there is nothing they would like more than to have their fellow classmates watch the teacher explode.
Don’t do this…Don’t fall for their tricks…Don’t take the bait!!!
at the minimum not then and there in front of the other students.
There are other options…A much better approach is to take a thorough breath, don’t lose your cool, and in a calm, matter-of-fact manner simply tell the student to see you after class and then closest continue on with the lesson.
If the strength seeking student then mutter’s something under his breath again just ignore it…that’s right ignore it…the rest of class already knows that you will manager the situation without their presence. There is no need for further response at this time as all you will be doing is disrupting your own lesson and giving that strength seeking student just what he wants.
Then, when the bell rings and the class is leaving, simply pull that strength seeking student aside and follow by without the audience that the student desired. Depending on the situation you may also follow that up with a phone call home, parent conference, detention etc.
Just don’t get “into it” in front of the rest of the class.
By knowing the reasoning behind why a student is misbehaving (i.e. seeking strength) a teacher can make much better classroom management decisions.