How to handle disrespectful students

Educating Adults Today

We’ve all been there. A student disrespects another student, or us. It feels personal. Sometimes it is subtle, and we question whether we are over-reacting. At other times, it is loud and in our faces and we are forced to deal with it. But how do we do that without losing our cool or alienating the student or the rest of the class?

One of the worst classroom experiences I have had was when I was being peer reviewed. I had handed back student assignments, asked the students to read the comments and to make any necessary corrections. One girl immediately came up to me and started yelling that she didn’t deserve the mark she received. I asked her to sit down and to lower her voice so that we could look over the paper together. She hadn’t met most of the requirements and when I tried to explain that…

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