What to Do When a Child Doesn’t Listen to You in Class?

What to Do When a Child Doesn’t Listen to You in Class?

The world of a teacher can be a very nice world. When the children play nice and listen to you, react positively to your comments and critique, everything is smooth. When a child does not listen and continues doing their own thing, is when a teacher’s life gets a bit more difficult.

Yet, teachers have prevailed over centuries and there have been various ways of dealing with unruly children. If you have ever wondered about how to resolve a potential situation with unruly children in a class, have no fear, we are here to provide you with the information you need.

Find Out Why They are Acting Out

Some children act out when they are lonely, others when they have had dramatic personal events recently. Some children react great to direct confrontation while others need a more subtle approach. Either way, if a child is acting out, then one should find out why. This is one of the easiest ways to solve that problem not just for that one situation, but going forward as well.

Talk to them and engage in various activities to see what they are troubled by.

Games and Engagement Help

Games and engagement will always help in situations where a child does not listen to their teacher. Engaged children and students are often going to be busy enough with their tasks and they will not have time or focus to do anything else, which would be considered unruly.

Depending on the student in question, as well as their offence, the teacher should always have a solution which will engage that student. Having said that, planning ahead can remedy more situations than winging it when the time comes. A great deal of success comes from preparation.

Do Not Single Them Out

Nobody likes fingers being pointed at them in case they have done something wrong. Similarly to that, no child likes when you call them out and single them out. If nothing, there are often more children involved and only one of them is the loudest or the most peacocky. 

Even with that, no child should be pointed at, as that can lead to more alienation between the student and the teacher. Respecting your students, even when they are unruly, is a great way to bond with them. Bonding leads to more trust and respect, which is essential in dire situations.

Unruly children will be present in every teacher’s career and some of them you can deal with by talking, while others need a more sensitive and tactile approach. You know your children so make sure to approach them in a way that will not alienate them. Dealing with unruly children is a long-term investment, so have that in mind before you start dealing out punishments.