Some discipline problems teachers face most are students who are defiant. Defiant students can sometimes be loud, abusive, confrontational or they may resort to muttering, showing disrespect, or refusing to work. They have serious implications for positive discipline in the classroom. They do not only cause trouble for themselves alone but they can sometimes annoy the teacher. However, other students who watch the out-of-control behavior of their defiant colleague always have the notion that the teacher has to take action after a student behave defiantly. There are many techniques a teacher can employ to curb the nuisance. As a teacher, you need to control defiant guys before things get out of hand. The following strategies to prevent defiant students from taking control of the school and class.
Anticipating and Preventing of Problems
Students who are confrontational issues can be prevented or minimized when early action is taken. The emotional weather of the classroom must be monitored as students continue to enter the classroom. This must be observed continuously throughout the class session. The moment you realize that a student is upset or frustrated, offer help by calling him/her down as quickly as possible. Do not ignore these behavior exhibited by the students at the expense of putting all attention on delivering lessons, the unthinkable can happen.
As a teacher, you need to prepare yourself in advance in how to face outbursts in class. You need to minimize disruptions in the classroom. Consider the following before a disruption when should act when such behavior occurs?
Where should angry students be sent to enhance the safety of the others?
What are some signs that will alert me to know the problem is escalating?
Who among the students is heading to the said direction?
What will be done the next day to ease some feeling of stress students may be facing or going through?
Stay Calm When a Student Is Defiant
Although you may be angry when a student demonstrates any form of deviancy towards you but lose not lose control of your emotions both in the school and classroom situations. should take an angry outburst or other sign of defiance seriously, you should not lose control of your own emotions and of the classroom situation. You should be able to keep your voice low and keep a neutral face as usual. Additionally, you must stay calm the reason being that the student has forced a showdown or challenged you Infront of the class and as result, the other students are waiting to see what you will do as their teacher-thus they are waiting to see the actions to be taken by you to deal with the deviant student to enhance their protection. Therefore, you need to act decisively.
the defiant student if possible must be isolated from his other colleagues in the room. Your consternation and stress should be the last thing to be displayed or show. You must be as calm and quiet as possible. Using a low voice to ask the student to leave the class or wait for you outside of the classroom much likely generates a positive atmosphere than dramatically wrestling with the student to leave the class. This may cause a stir and much chaos which will generate more controversies between the teacher and the student. Remember that a deviant student cannot be helped in Infront of an audience.
However, if you start to tolerate or work with students who are deviant, acknowledge their feelings of anger from time to time or as quickly as you can. The student needs you to pay attention to the outburst that occurred as far as these are not excuses for bad behavior. When a defiant student realizes that you aren’t annoyed or angered at his/her behavior, the student calms down and listens to your counsel. This usually leads to solving problems that cause defiance hence adopting a problem-solving approach is the best.
Record students who persistently speak rudely and or inappropriately to others to enable him/her to listen to how he/she sounds. A tape recorder or recording with your mobile phone recorder will also help you to concentrate on your actions that trigger rudeness.
Work on Your Relationship with Defiant Students
As the leader or an adult in the classroom, it is up to you to make a decision by building a positive classroom atmosphere or student relationship with all your pupils or students. This covers students who are defiant and non-defiant students. A positive relationship with students is one of the disciplines tolls a teacher can adopt. This is because every student needs to be treated fairly.