This concise book focuses on classroom management basics, including student behavior, organizing classroom space, effective use of resources, and establishing a presence in the classroom.

Coping with Difficult Students

Coping with difficult students

Unsettling Behaviour

Incidents engineered by difficult students are really ‘isolated incidents’, even if they recur within a few days. A curious feature of teaching is that if you lose control of your class one day you can recover it the next. Behaviour management is second-to-second and minute-to-minute, so anyone can find themselves in and out of difficulties. Where an individual student is aggressive, defiant, insolent or disruptive this is also entertaining for the class. Whatever the isolated disruption happens to be, it must be handled so as to remain in control of yourself and therefore in control of the class. This was mentioned in Chapter 2, where it was suggested that you might say ‘Ross needs some help here, ...

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