Lately, an issue I have been having involves on particular student. He is the biggest source of headache in my class, and I’m not entirely sure how to deal with him anymore. He is constantly disruptive. He never stays in his assigned seat. No matter where we put him, he manages to disrupt the learning of the other students and distract them. Some of my best students have seen their averages fall as a result of this student sitting near them. He never hands work in on time and complains when he gets a zero. He will usually go over my head and try to talk to my cooperating teacher, but he knows this student’s trickery. My cooperating teacher always backs up my decision making.
The main problem I am having with this student is his defiance. He never listens to a word I say when it comes to discipline. Yet, when I teach he is mostly engaged. Sometimes I will call on him when I notice he is talking. When I am asking a question, he usually has the right answer. He has his moments of brilliance in the room. My challenge is figuring out why his behavior is so off. Is he not feeling challenged? What’s going on at home? Problem is, the cooperating teacher says he has been like this all year.
We now moved his seat right next to my cooperating teacher, so he can possible handle situations that arise when I am teaching so that I don’t have to stop the class to reprimand him. The first day, everything went well. But he also complains that he can’t see. I asked him if he had glasses and he said he does. He also says he doesn’t want to wear them because they make him look funny. He usually leaves them at home. To me, that’s just an excuse, but who am I to judge?