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Disruptive Student Behavior: Do You Really Know What You’d Do?

Here at ProfHacker, we are committed to helping you (and ourselves) become better educators.  We write about teaching strategies, tools that aid in (teaching) productivity, and classroom strategies that work for us and that might just work for you.  Some of our posts deal with methods of instruction in specific disciplines.  Some of our content is generalizable across many fields and classroom situations.  And lastly, we focus on teaching situations that few of us cover in graduate school: …


Disruptive Student Behavior: The Entitled Students

As higher education professionals, we have conversations with friends and colleagues about our students.  We’ve all done it.  The conversations can include how engaged students are with course material, how interesting classes can be when students participate, or maybe we’ve passed along a particularly funny exchange with students.  We love what we do, and we want to share that joy.  But then there are the other experiences, experiences we don’t readily share because we don’t quite know ho…


Disruptive Student Behavior (the Professor Edition)

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve discussed ways to handle a disruptive student, the student who talks too much to peers, who is not dressed appropriately, who has imbibed too much (and is in class), who overuses electronic equipment (for non-class related activities).   It’s important that we know how to handle this disruptive behavior when it comes our way, because at some point it will come our way. It’s good to be prepared.

However, what we’ve done in these first examples is blame the student for …


Disruptive Student Behavior: The Bullies

Evidence of bullying behavior is all around us.  Last year, three incidents of this type of behavior happened in one week, and they all made national headlines:  Kanye West charged the stage, stole the microphone at the VMA awards, and proceeded to tell the audience why he felt Beyonce should have won the award instead of the usurped Taylor Swift.  Tennis player Serena Williams berated and threatened a line judge at the U. S. Open because of what she felt was a bad call.  Lastly, and while not…


Disruptive Student Behavior: The Disrespecters

Today’s ProfHacker post will provide scenarios about how the “Disrepecters”—David, Debbie, Donald, and Desiree—can challenge your authority in a classroom and impede learning for others. You’ve certainly had a student or two who have exhibited disrespectful behavior in the classroom. You know the ones: students who ask questions that are supposed to put you in your place? Yes, those students.

Maybe these students don’t realize how disrespectful (and downright rude) they come across. Ma…


Disruptive Student Behavior: Meet the Thwarters

stonesIf you have been teaching very long, you have met the Thwarters (Tammy and Tony). You know the ones: the Thwarters have the unique ability to issue a declarative statement that sucks all possibility out of a room. (Maybe you know a faculty member like this?) The Thwarters are dualistic thinkers, and while this can be a fine attribute to have, the Thwarters’ beliefs leave no space for interpretation, for difference, for learning, for hope.

Today’s ProfHacker post will provide three sce…


Disruptive Student Behavior (T-Shirt Slogan Edition)

t-shirt image for disruptive student series For the past few months, ProfHacker has published a series of posts on the “disruptive student.” These disruptive student behaviors range from the student who talks too much (answering all questions) to the student who only talks to her/his friends (with little regard for the rest of the class), from students who display a disruptive amount of skin (our most recent post in this series), to today’s post: students who display offensive/insensitive slogans on their clothes.

For clarity, we are d…


Disruptive Student Behavior (too much skin edition)

I teach at an “island university” in South Texas.  The climate is warm, hot usually, and humid.  It’s not uncommon to see students wearing shorts and flip-flops year round. Men wear tank tops and and women wear halter tops, and no one bats an eye.  The dress style here is casual, and this type of casual attire might not be appropriate at other institutions across the country, those with a cooler climate or with a more conservative culture.  Even though students here dress comfortabl…


Disruptive Student Behavior: The Case of Talkative Nancy

In this ongoing ProfHacker series, we once again take on the potentially charged subject of disruptive student behavior.  In December, Nels asked “What’s that Smell?” a post about the smells that can emanate from students who engage in illegal questionable behavior outside of class, and what professors should/could do about it.  In our first installment of this series, I wrote about how to deal with students who engage in disruptive, off-topic conversations.  Today’s post also addresses ta…


Disruptive Student Behavior: What’s That Smell?

This post continues the ProfHacker series on  disruptive student behavior in the classroom (see our first post on ways to handle students who are engaging in disruptive, off-topic conversations).   In this series, we present a scenario and offer a few suggestions from ProfHacker readers about how they handle similar situations.  Of course, ways of handling these scenarios will depend upon the discipline, the class size, and the culture of an institution, and we will try to include as many …