January 20, 2013
Should Teachers Have the Authority to Remove Disruptive Students from Their Class Permanently?
Should Teachers Have the Authority to Remove Disruptive Students from Their Class Permanently? Tiffany Sahadeo
University of Phoenix
Teacher should have the authority to remove disruptive students from the classroom because the learning environment may have the potential to become disrupted and not effective. Having a disruptive student present in the classroom can hinder the learning environment for other students.” Disruptive student behavior is detrimental to the academic community because it interferes with the learning process for other students, inhibits the ability of instructors to teach most effectively, diverts university energy and resources away from the educational mission, and may indicate a significant level of personal problems or distress on the part of the disrupter.” (Gerald Amada (personal communication, February 1, 1999). Unfortunately these situations can be severe enough that it could be very distracting and definitely takes away from the other students learning experience. In certain situations the disruptive student may need to be removed permanently. When the teacher feels as though the student may need to be removed permanently all parties involved should come together. It should involve the parents, the guidance counselor, the dean and possibly even the principle. The student should be treated fairly and gently as to not cause any damage to the student. When deciding something so permanent all aspects of the student’s situation should be taken into consideration. Implementing a reward incentive may help to deter negative behavior. The students will be made aware of what is expected of them to receive such incentives and will also be warned of the consequences if they decide to not follow the instructions. When rewarding students that have followed the rules make sure to encourage the students who did not by letting them know that they have a clean slate the following week. By using some positive reinforcement it will help to keep the child motivated towards trying to do better next time. Positive reinforcement is beneficial to all of the parties involved. As a teacher being prepared for all situations will help to minimize your stress. The reward chart will help you to explain to the students were they fell short and can improve. Having this visible at all times will also serve as a reminder to a student who may have been tempted to not follow the rules. In situations where this option does not work you should have a plan of action for the next step towards curving the disruptive behavior. Depending on the behavior sometimes removing the student from a group setting and having them work separately can be an option. Teachers should keep in mind that the removal of a disruptive student can just be temporary. Maybe another teacher will have better luck with the student. This option can be explored by having the student on a trial basis sit in another classroom. Sometimes a change of environment can change the disruptive behavior. Before this option is explored it is important that the parents of the student are on board with the decision and kept informed of the progress. Teachers should definitely have the power to remove disruptive students temporarily if all else fails. In situations where there is testing going on a disruptive student should be removed immediately if they refuse to follow the instructions. Having a disruptive student present during testing can cause the other students to be distracted and not able to focus on the task presented to them. Having that type of disruption can also affect the teacher as well. Having to stop and constantly redirect the child distract the teacher from assisting students who may need help. Teachers who are not granted the authority to remove a disruptive child at their discretion...
References: 1. Amada, G. (2010). Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom”,. Retrieved February 4, 2010, from Fullerton.edu: http://www.fullerton.edu/deanofstudents/judicial/New%20Content/Faculty%20Resources/Disruptive%20Classroom%20Behavior.pdf
2. Center for Teaching,Learning & Technology. (2010). Dealing with Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom. Retrieved February 4, 2010, from Illinois State University: http://www.teachtech.ilstu.edu/additional/tips/disBehav.php
3. School., N. W. (2009). WHAT IF A CHILD IS BEING DISRUPTIVE ... Retrieved February 3, 2010, from New Whittington: http://www.newwhittington.derbyshire.sch.uk/parents_disruptive.htm
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