4 Types Of Difficult Students Commonly Found In School And How To Deal With Them

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 Aside from
the pile of assignments resting idly on every teachers’ work desk every day and
how the sight of it is distasteful, dealing with difficult students even a
bigger stress.

They drain
the lifeblood out of you. They frustrate not just you but other students and
can kick you out of your job.

There are
plenty of reasons why a student chooses to be difficult: from being
uninterested in learning, to just being nonchalant. Other times, it is just to
seek attention or be noticed.

The good news
is, you are not alone. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to handle
difficult students in your class before you get the boot.

The Know It All Student

 These are a
bundle of knowledge and are convinced they know more than you do.

They are not
afraid to show off how brilliant they are to you and the entire class.

They are
quick to spot out mistakes and will interrupt you mid-sentence just to correct
you. Their behaviour fronts as a challenge to your teaching and to the class
experience in general.

How do you
tackle this? For most teachers, what comes to mind first is either to shun or
ignore them.

Actually,
this doesn’t solve the problem as that could harm their overall self-esteem and
cause them to withdraw.

What you need
to do is acknowledge their intelligence and invite them to share their learning
experience with the whole class.

This way use
can use their help, brilliance and amazing learning skills as a teaching
assistant.

The Sleeper

 It is not
even midday and they are already in a comfortable sleeping position doing what
they do best–sleep all through most of school hours.

Give them a
wee tap on the back and the next five minutes they are deep snoring.

As a teacher,
when you find this anomaly, do a research on why they always feel so bushed
everyday.

Don’t let
them seat when you need them to write. You could also offer rewards (but not
too much) when you ask them to remain awake during school hours, if they pass. 

The Bully

 In school,
they are at the top of the chain. Choleric and aggressive they are. Is it
name-calling, fisting, biting, gossiping, you name it.

Teachers are
mostly dreadful of these ones as their disruptive behaviour does not only
affect you, but could potentially affect other students, causing irreversible
psychological damage to targeted children.

Confront this
situation with mildness contrary to the general belief of screaming at them or
making them go through gory punishments.

When dealing
with them, treat them with respect and patience. Sometimes all you need do is
just engage them in a personal talk and find a way of connecting to them.

Also, teach
you students to stand up against unruly behaviour. If you feel you can’t handle
the crisis, contact your school administrator or the child’s parents to find a
way to solve the problem. 

The Chronic Liar

 They will
never admit to doing anything wrong even if you catch them in the act.

They will
never confess and will only ramble on when you persistently demand they say the
truth.

The solution
is not to keep on refuting what they claim is the truth on their part, as they
could deny that as many times as possible.

What you need
do is, since you know the truth, enforce your rules with immediate effect.

And remember
to stay true to them. This way you garner up the respect and a healthy
classroom experience that everyone deserves including you.

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