Teaching Techniques to Include Disruptive Children

All children are different and, unfortunately, as the teacher you cannot tailor your curriculum to every child’s individual needs. However, there are some ways that you can create an environment where all types of learners can feel included, and where unruly or disruptive children can be reined in.

Create Rules

First, establish clear rules about your classroom. Keep them very simple so that young children can remember. A good example is “Be Kind.” It may seem simplistic, but this kind of broad rule can be tailored to hundreds of different situations. Use phrases like: ”Talking loudly during reading time is not kind to the other children who are concentrating.” “Leaving your backpack and books all over the floor is not kind to your classmates who may trip.” “Fighting with other kids on the playground is not showing kindness to each other.

Stick to a Schedule

A predictable schedule every day also helps children feel secure and grounded. Recess times and lunch are obviously scheduled, but also create schedules for what goes on between those periods so all your students know what to expect.

Make Movement Part of Learning

Frequently, children who are not cooperating are simply exhibiting boredom. The modern classroom model of sitting at desks, learning from books and writing things on paper is not exactly effective for a lot of children. To keep things interesting and engage all the more tactile learners in your class, be sure to involve some movement into your lessons.

Instead of having them just do sums on a piece of paper, get out objects and make them create the equations with the objects. If you teach younger children and are doing the alphabet, create actions or stories with movement that go along with each letter. And don’t mess with recess time—recess is incredibly important to a child’s healthy development. They need free time to let their brains really incorporate all the things they are learning. Where possible, create some times of the day when you allow similar free time, but inside the classroom.