When I turn around to write something on the board, a voice is heard from the middle of the class.  The voice says, "That sounds boring as heck!!!" HELP I am teaching a lesson at the front of the class and explaining what the students will be doing in my lesson.  What do I do (step-by-step) if someone yells that out before I start to teach the lesson?

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I do not tolerate disrespect like that in my college classroom (yes, it even happens here). This recently happened to me. The kid was mumbling, "This is stupid. I don't see why I have to do this."

I put down my marker, said, "Come with me," and we stepped out...

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I do not tolerate disrespect like that in my college classroom (yes, it even happens here). This recently happened to me. The kid was mumbling, "This is stupid. I don't see why I have to do this."

I put down my marker, said, "Come with me," and we stepped out in the hallway. I told him in no uncertain terms that I did not care whether he liked it or not. Furthermore, I deserve and demand respect for the ten+ years I spent in college and that perhaps at 18 he might be patient enough to trust that I have something to impart that may actually be useful to him.

I also told him that while I could not make him "like" the class, I certainly could demand that he keep his opinions to himself and if he could not do so, to drop my class immediately. Freshman English is required, of course.

Did it embarrass him? Heck yeah, it did. But I haven't heard another word of disrespect out of his mouth and he is very careful to speak appropriately.

DO NOT let such behavior pass. It will only get worse and will also infect other students, inwardly if not outwardly.

 

 

 

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This is hard situation. I am so sorry that you have to undergo this type of treatment. In my experience as a teacher, one of the most important things to establish first is a teacher / student relationship. The students need to know that you are not their friend but their teacher. So, there must be a level of authority and distance. Of course, this is hard for a new teacher and it comes with time. However, it is important to establish. Children or students need to know their boundaries and it is essential to be consistent.

In view of this, I would reprimand that student. I would warn that student once and then I would talk with the principle and let him or her know what is going on. If there is no improvement, send that student to the principle for discipline.

With that said, you should certainly make all your lectures interesting. To do this, you will need to contextualize. Stay strong and best of luck.

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