… but we have them and they must be dealt with in a proactive manner.
I have already shared one anecdote entitled the “Case of the Cantankerous Canary,” which gives an example of how to deal with an annoying behavior. In subsequent postings about difficult students I will cover the gamut of issues including some serious ones such as violent or potentially violent behavior. In my mind, the best defense against these behaviors is a good offense. I’ll share what I mean by that, but in big part it is setting clear behavioral expectations right from the beginning. I will also talk about the way to go about this so as not to alienate your students and create an adversarial relationship. And, when a good offense doesn’t do the job, be prepared to react. I’ll talk about that too. I hope you find what I have to say helpful.
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.