How Disruptive Behaviour Can Affect Other Students

How Disruptive Behaviour Can Affect Other Students-Disruptive behaviour is any behaviour that tends to interfere with the teaching and learning process there by making it difficult for an effective transfer of knowledge from the teacher to the learners.

Disruptive behaviours can be in form of talking in class while the lecture is going on, bullying other students and rudeness to teacher or school authority. All these behaviours have negative effect on not only the disruptive student but also the teacher and other students in the classroom.

These behaviours make it difficult to carry out classroom task properly as they jeopardize the maintenance of a conducive learning environment for others students.

Table Of Content

  • Types of disruptive behaviour
  • Causes of disruptive behaviours in students
  • Negative effects of disruptive behaviour on other students

Let’s proceed…

Types Of Disruptive Behaviours

Like we said earlier that disruptive behaviour is any activity that hinders the success of teaching and learning in class as this behaviour will interrupt the teacher who will be trying to resolve the issue in order to continue the teaching process.

Some of these behaviours are minor and can be overlooked while others are really disruptive and distracting. Let’s look at these misbehaviours:

  • Bullying other students

This is a disruptive behaviour where a student or group of students use force, hurtful teasing or threat to abuse, aggressively dominate or intimidate another student. This behaviour is a repeated behaviour that takes place over a period of time.

Bullying can come in form of inflicting injuries on other students or making them uncomfortable and this could be through physical contact or hurtful words as it is a way to gain power over another person.

Bullying can affect students physically, mentally, socially and even academically as it causes loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

  • Excessive talking with other students

This form of misbehavior is related to students that hold side conversation in class when teaching is ongoing and those that use mobile phones or other gadgets in class. This behaviour will either make it difficult for other students to hear and understand the teacher or cause the teacher to stop teaching in order to address the issue and this will distract the other students that were concentrating before the incident.

Also, students that pass notes during class are also included in this category of disruptive behaviour.

  • Challenging the teacher’s authority or knowledge about the subject

It is good to be curious and inquisitive but the thing is don’t be excessively inquisitive or do it in a way that it will disrupt the teaching and learning process making it difficult for the teacher to teach and other students to comprehend what the teacher is saying.

Sometimes, these set of students do this to show that they know a lot about the subject while others do it just to distract the class. Some other students might act rude to a teacher maybe because they don’t like the teacher; all these will disrupt the teaching and learning process.

  • Sleeping in class

This is a minor disruptive behaviour and can be ignored in some cases as it will only affect the student in question. This behaviour can affect other students when the teacher calls up the student or when the student is snoring. This behaviour leads to distraction of the class.

  • Lateness to class

This behaviour will surely distract the class as students attention will be divided and focused on the student(s) entering the class while teaching is going on.

Causes Of Disruptive Behaviour In Students

Most times there are reasons students behave in a disruptive manner and we are going to look at some of the causes of these disruptive behaviours in students.

  • Medical issues

Many students come to school with different health issues that can affect their ability to behave properly and function like other students. Some students might have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) causes them to misbehave in way that will distract the class as the teacher will have to give them attention to calm them.

There are many other medical conditions that can make students misbehave in class and disrupt the teaching and learning process.

  • Lack of relationship between teacher and student

For teaching and learning to be effective, there must be a positive teacher-student relationship. When students are able to communicate with the teacher, they will be focused and committed to learn.

This connection will make them conform to anything the teacher ask them to do as they will be interested in what the teacher is saying and do want to be distracted in any way.

When students know that their teacher cares about them, they become comfortable and also show care in return.

  • Seeking attention of teacher or other students

When students feel like they are not getting the attention they need in class whether from the teacher or other students, they tend to misbehave thereby interrupting the class while teaching is going on.

Some students don’t care how they get attention whether its positive or negative, they just want attention and this can cause them to act in different ways like cracking unnecessary jokes, disturbing another student, talking, asking irrelevant questions etc.

  • Lack of self-confidence

If a student lacks self-confidence, they may decide to misbehave in order to cover up for their lack of confidence and insecurities.

Some students might lash out at other students because they don’t have the skills that they peers have or don’t know how to improve their own work.

Lack of confidence will make students make the wrong choices and misbehave in order to cover up.

  • Uninterested and bored

When a student is bored or not interested in the class, they tend to misbehave either by talking to other students or doing some other disruptive activities.

  • When they don’t understand what is being taught

When a student is not following or doesn’t comprehend what the teacher is saying, they tend to do what they can to get the teachers attention and most times, they tend to misbehave.

When the work is too hard for them, they tend to cover this up by either leaving the work or lashing out. It is a way of covering up their insecurities.

  • When they need power

Some students misbehave in order to make their presence known. They want to establish power so they act out and instead of following the teacher’s instructions or direction; they act out or do what comes to their mind.

They are trying to establish a power base and show that they can be in charge too. Some students want to be taken as leaders and so they try to either oppress other students or act in a way that they will be feared and respected.

Effects Of Disruptive Behaviour On Other Students

We have talked about the types of disruptive behaviours and why students misbehave; now we will be looking at the effects of these misbehaviours on other students. You should know that this disruptive behaviour affects the disruptive student, the teachers and other students.

Let’s look at how the disruptive behaviours affect other students:

  • It will interfere with students ability to focus

When there is a constant interference due to disruptive behaviour of one student, it will make other students to lose concentration in what is being taught and this will affect their ability to understand the lesson.

  • It can lead to low grades and poor academic performance

When students are distracted by the disruptive behaviour of other students, they will lose concentration which might make them not to understand the lesson causing them to perform poorly in tests or examination which will result to low grades.

  • It can influence other students

Students are sometimes influenced by what their peers do and want to feel among and when a student exhibit disruptive character like being rude to the teacher, bringing phones to class or bullying other students, this might encourage other students to do so.

Final Note

From all we have said so far, you will see that disruptive behaviour affect the disruptive student, the teacher and also other students so it is a behaviour that needs to be addressed in school so as to ensure effective teaching and learning process.

It is important that teachers find ways to overcome disruptive behaviours from students like establishing a healthy teacher and student relationship which will enable to student to relate with the teacher.

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