Making Teaching Work provides a down-to-earth, jargon-free book for teaching staff in universities and colleges, and includes reference to some of the best modern literature on assessment, teaching and feedback. By focusing on the learner in a variety of situations and contexts, the book explores how teachers can help learners to make learning happen. The authors emphasise 'teaching smarter' - helping busy, hard-pressed teachers to increase the efficiency as well as effectiveness of their work. Written with both full-time and part-time staff in mind, this book allows teaching staff to balance the various tasks which make up their workload, including the increasing paperwork and administration they encounter whilst carrying out assessment, teaching and providing feedback to students. The book addresses a wide range of aspects of assessment, learning and teaching in post-compulsory education including:How to provide a supportive learning environment - including online learningHow to design and manage formative assessment and feedbackHow to support diverse students - including addressing and achieving student satisfactionDeveloping teaching - including lecturing, small-group teaching, supporting individual learning and dealing with disruptive studentsHow to use research to improve teachingCreatively designing curriculumPromoting student employabilityBroadening horizons - including widening and deepening participationAddressing and achieving student satisfactionIt is a self-sufficient and thought-provoking resource about teaching and learning for all practitioners in post-compulsory education.

Dealing with Disruptive Students

Dealing with disruptive students

This chapter addresses the following questions:

  • Which student behaviours are disruptive to student learning?
  • How can we prevent disruptive student behaviour?
  • How can we effectively deal with disruptive behaviour when it occurs?

Why do Disruptive Students Cause an Increasingly Significant Problem?

Things have changed! Among the changes over the last two or three decades, the following can be regarded as causes of the increases in the occurrence of disruptive students behaviours in universities and colleges.

  • There is much less discipline in schools than previously. This is partly because teachers are no longer able to discipline pupils using the kinds of corporal punishment remembered by many older people! Society's view of such things has changed, and pupils nowadays know that any teachers who step out ...
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