Classroom Concerns

Responding to Disruptive Students

Classroom instructors face many challenges in teaching a diverse student population, and it is expected that students at a university will experience a wide variety of emotions. While many students will be attentive and engaged in the classroom activities, others may be day-dreaming, bored, distracted, or pre-occupied. Many instructors have their own effective techniques for working with these students. Those students present a greater challenge when they come to class

  • under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • express extreme anger
  • become disruptive