Here you are in your classroom, o.k...and one smart aleck kid says ,"I
have to do what you say!" What do you teachers say to that kid?
Well, I first want to get out there that you must keep your cool.
Embarrassing yourself or the child will only be extending wasted
energies. In the same note, you are the one that needs to have the
control of the situation, not the student. It is a part of managing a
If the student insists on having the argument, don't just immediately
send him to the office for someone else to have the argument. Instead,
remove him from the classroom by asking him to sit quietly in the hall,
with the assurance that you will speak to him in a moment.
After continuing the lesson and getting the rest of the classroom
started, step out to the student while also keeping an eye on the class.
THis takes some practice of course, and juggling, but it can be done.
I must insist on rationalizing with the student. Some of the other
responses alluded to this, but never quite said it. Children can be
rationalized with, it may be on simpler terms, but you must start now,
otherwise they won't be able to rationalize later in life. Talk to the
student, express the options, and ask if he wants to be a positive part
of the class, or a negative one? I agree with the idea that he has
choices, it is the positive choice that you want him to see.
It is at this point that if he is not ready to behave in the classroom
that you need to send him to the office. You still have a whole class
that needs your attention!