Every teacher comes up against a troublemaker. Whether you have the kind of student that actively looks to argue with you, consistently tries to undermine you or simply laughs in your face, trying to teach a troublemaker can be difficult. The upside is that learning to control these situations and engaging with the pupil will most likely bring out the best in them. Furthermore, teaching a troublemaker will only strengthen you as a teacher.
Whether you’re a full-time school teacher or work as a temp / substitute teacher, here are some tips for teaching troublemakers that you may find useful.
Bring Out Your Inner Mentor
You might not know a great deal about the home lives of your students and in some cases the hardest pupils to teach can be acting out due to problems at home. It could be changes at home, lack of attention from their parents or any other reason. Their troublemaking behaviour can simple be a way for them to get attention.
You’re primarily in place to teach your students; however, students develop socially just as much as academically while in school. If you are approachable, positive and trustworthy with your student then you might find that you, more than any other teacher, build a positive and mutually beneficial working relationship with the ex-troublemaker.
You Set The Tone
You are in charge, you are the teacher. Therefore, it’s up to you to set the tone. Learn who the potential troublemakers are and sit with them to iron out any potential grievances they might have. Tell them about the expectations that you have for the class, them included, in the year to come. A little bit of faith can go a long way.
Expect the Unexpected
In modern teaching you can expect a whole host of different students. Each one with their own background and nationality. The internet is a great place for you to find information on how you might deal with each child individually.