How to handle difficult children in the classroom

How to handle difficult children in the classroom

Do you want to handle difficult children in class?

It is very annoying for every teacher, to be interrupted constantly by a hyperactive and restless student. Surely it has happened to you and you know what I mean. Like you, previous years, I tried many methods, techniques and advice, I had to spend years of trial and error to define those techniques that really worked for me, and this time it has brought you very briefly, with the sole purpose of that like me, you also manage to handle difficult students in class.


How to handle difficult children in the classroom
How to handle difficult children in the classroom

Before starting, I want to recommend a couple of very interesting articles:

Rules and Penalties Do they work?

It is very common for teachers in class to establish a regulation to maintain the discipline, order and good behavior of our students. And we also support them with a series of punishments. But do they work? The truth is that yes, but partially. This technique certainly works, although you should question if your students are afraid or respect ?.

If you opt for this technique, I leave you some basic rules as an example.

-Keep sitting during the class session

– Raise your hand to give an opinion or say something

-Do not use the supplies of others without permission

-To be respectful with colleagues and Teachers

Encourage respect based on your example

Handling difficult children will be impossible if you do not start by setting an example. Take the time to greet each of your students each morning. This technique has a great impact on students, favors the sense of belonging to the group. If you greet that difficult student by name, he will feel part of the group, and this creates an unconscious responsibility of respect in him. Try this strategy and start the day well.

Rate your students

I know that it is terribly annoying to deal with difficult children in class, but if I told you that many times and without realizing it, you do the same as them. It is true, many times teachers demand respect and we repeat phrases to those difficult children: Pay attention, do not get distracted, I will not repeat, respect your teacher, etc. But suddenly the cell phone rings and you disappear for many minutes, a colleague knocks on the door and you disappear again for another 10 minutes.

… “If a colleague or even the director comes to talk to me at the time I am in class, I ask for an appointment for later, because this moment is very valuable to me …” Unless it is a very emergency situation

More rewards and less punishment for those difficult students

It happens that when the spoiled, disobedient and difficult students see their classmates who are behaving well and are being rewarded for that behavior, there is a good chance that they want to imitate him, not everything has to be punishments and screams, years of experience I have been taught that rewards work better, especially for these difficult children.

Communicate frequently with parents of difficult-to-handle students

…. Communication between Teachers and Parents in Primary

Involve parents family in the education of their children. A large percentage of students who are causing problems may not be receiving the attention they need at home. By communicating your concerns to your attorneys, you may find that something happens in the home that is beyond your control.

Find and find a good way to keep parents informed about their children’s behavior at school.

Examples of media for communication Teacher-Family Father

-Regional meetings every so often

-Email, text message, WhatsApp, Facebook or other Social network.

-Weekly or monthly bulletin

-Conference with parents

Use varied teaching methods

Students present different ways of learning and capturing messages:



-Writing from the board

-Dynamics (It is usually this that characterizes difficult children in the classroom)

Keep calm, do not despair

When difficult children behave badly and do disturbances, we get angry and it is common to react with frustration and anger and desire to explode. When this happens, it is important to remain calm.

Take a deep breath, or even walk away from the classroom for a moment to clear your mind. Remember, it is likely that this student has not learned the tools of how to communicate correctly, and now it is your job as a teacher to teach them. When you remain calm in an angry situation, it will serve as an example for the student that this is the appropriate way to react.

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