How Does Disruptive Behavior Affect Other Students – A student who is internationally creating some form of disturbances or the other in the class which may directly interfere with the teacher’s ability to providing instructions in the class and which in turn affects other students’ ability to acquire knowledge is considered disruptive. Disruptive behavior caused a range of negative effects on not only the other students who are in the classroom environment, but also on the school at large.
What Behavior is Considered Disruptive?
Disruptive student behavior is any form of acting in the classroom (on and off campus) which is likely to negatively impact on the educational experience of your fellow students and your instructor(s). Disruptive behavior can be explained as any speech or actions that affects the ability of the instructor(s) to appropriately lecture students or make students to learn. Examples of disruptive behavior are listed below, but are not limited to:
- Creating excessive noise
- Refusal to abide by your instructor’s direction
- Unreasonable interference with class discussion which includes the failure, having no respect for the rights of other students to express their viewpoints
- Talking when your instructor or others are speaking
- Verbal abuse / threat of instructor / other students (which include; taunting, badgering, intimidation)
- Repeated obscenities
- Making or receiving personal phone calls
- Always leaving & entering class in the absence of notice to instructor of illness or other extenuating circumstances
- Always disrupting personal conversations with other students
How Disruptive Behavior Affect Other Students
- It creates lesser opportunities for other students to develop/build good social skills as they don’t have the opportunity to practice them via dialogue and collaboration as a result of their peers’ behavior (peer pressure).
- It causes a decreased sense of safety within other students in the classroom because of the lack of control, which may as well lead to increased bullying in the school.
- More stress and pressure on the side of the teacher at the course of managing disruptive behavior affects other students by causing digression in learning as the teacher have to focus on controlling an unruly classroom rather than teaching his or her content knowledge (coursework) & planning for the next unit
- When their is disruptive behavior in the classroom, there is less learning and knowledge acquired by other students as the focus is always on those students who are disrupting the class and not other students who want to learn.
- Disruptive behavior could hike the pressure on the teacher and this will in turn cause them not to be able to focus and concentrate on the rest of their class, which could result to generally failing other students.
- Some students may as well grow up exhibiting this kind of behavior (disruptive behavior) after they have seen a lot of it in school; if not, the classroom environment may also make them think that this kind of behavior (disruptive behavior) is acceptable.
- Due to lack self-control on the side of there may likely be violent outbursts in the class/school, it can scare awar the other students in the class/school, which may also lessen their chance of building positive relationships in and out of the school.
- The student who is exhibiting disruptive behavior might spend time in detention or he or she may even get suspended, which will result to them feeling as if they are targets for failure and in turn he loses motivation.
- The student who is being disruptive will have challenges developing relationships with other students peers , they may likely experience difficulty accessing the learning materials which they need for class, and this may cause more frustration and acting out in school. This might affect other students psychologically as well.
- Disruptive behavior can make it difficult for other students to learn because most of the times, the teacher’s attention is driven away from the normal class lessons and it is placed on the student who is disrupting the rest of the students who wants to learn instead.
Types of Destructive Behavior
There are different ways that a student might behave in a disruptive manner. While most of them are minor and often ignored so easily but many other types of disruptive behaviors are more than rudeness.
Grandstanding, or Showing off.
A student that is known to monopolize discussions or speaks on particular subjects without relevance to the current lesson can be said to be showing off this kind of disruptive behavior
Talking excessively with your fellow students at the course of your classroom lectures or passing notes is another kind of disruptive behavior which may be able to affect the entire class by making it hard for the teacher difficult to concentrate or making it difficult for the teacher to teach property thereby interrupting the lesson in order to stop the mess.
- Another kind of disruptive behavior can be seen when a student is seen challenging the teacher’s authority or what the teacher is teaching on a subject due to anger because of a poor grade or a general dislike of the teacher in question. This type of behavior can even digress into verbal abuse or physical threats to the particular teacher or to other students.
- The less obvious behaviors that are still considered disruptive include lateness, attitude of sleeping in the classroom, others include bringing in phones and using phones in the classroom including other electronic devices.
Disruptive behavior in the classroom is a so much a general problem which is posing serious consequences for other students , the student and even the teachers . Disruptive behavior caused a range of negative effects on not only the other students who are in the classroom environment, but also on the school at large.
Disruptive behavior which includes ; Unreasonable interference with class discussion which includes the failure, having no respect for the rights of other students to express their viewpoints, talking when your instructor or others are speaking, verbal abuse / threat of instructor / other students (which include; taunting, badgering, intimidation), repeated obscenities, making or receiving personal phone calls and always leaving & entering class in the absence of notice to instructor of illness or other extenuating circumstances can be curbed, school authorities should create measures to curb these effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the disruptive behaviour of learners influence the other classroom learners?
Disruptive behaviour typically may lead to reduced academic performance, which increases the student’s risk of failure at school in one way or another.
What would you do if a student is misbehaving in class and disrupting other students?
Take charge of the disruption situation individually, directly & immediately. Making sure that you are specific about the behavior that is disruptive while setting limits. Keep the student away from that class session if he or she does not comply with your actions.
How does behavior affects the learning of the student?
The student who is being disruptive will have challenges developing relationships with other students peers , they may likely experience difficulty accessing the learning materials which they need for class, and this may cause more frustration and acting out in school. This might affect other students psychologically as well.
Why do some students have disruptive behaviors in the classroom?
Disruptive behavior might be as a result of some personal issues such as anxiety, being depressed, eating disorders as well as other emotional problems, it might also be due to certain learning or behavioural issues
How does action research help solve classroom problems?
Action research grants teachers the ability to reflect on what they would like to change, it creates avenue for them to explore on what others are doing in that field and the conduction of experiment to be able to practice in a controlled fashion
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