Five Trivets for Your Angry Students.
What do you say to a student that enters the classroom visibly
angry? Are you prepared for that situation? Or do you ask them
“What’s wrong?” and how does that work for you? One of two things
happens when you ask an angry student “What’s wrong?” One, they
say “nothing” when obviously there is OR they will tell you in front
of the entire class while yelling. Neither response solves the
problem or provides you with an environment for teaching.
Asking “What’s wrong?” is a gut response and it is the question
we ask when we are not prepared. Be prepared by planning a few
options based on the student and the situation.
“I can see you are very angry, let’s step out in the hall for a
minute while the class works on the warm-up.”
“Here is a pass; Mrs. Nurth said you could stop by if you wanted to
talk.” This would need to be set up beforehand.
“I can see that you are very angry, I’m going to get the class
started then we can talk.”
“It’s not ok to come into the class this angry, I’m going to
need you to wait outside while I call for Mrs.Nurth”
“I can see you are angry, your journal is in the back of the room.
Sit down and write about what is going on then we can talk in a
little while if we need to.”
All of these will require some planning, that is the magic
of Sit-Down Classroom Management.
When you take the time to personalize situations student
will learn more and in a more productive environment.