Chatroom - Orchestrated disruption

2nd April 2010 at 01:00

Posted by kibosh

What do you do about orchestrated disruption? By this I mean an organised, concerted and well- rehearsed effort to disrupt class work by a "gang" of pupils.

Posted by JPM1967

Identify the ringleader - kneecap himher!

Posted by catmother

In my experience, most SMTs are more and more reluctant to acknowledge this or deal with it, as the new motto is to look at pupils as individuals. This leaves the classroom teacher with a big problem as incidents cannot be attributed to just the one pupil; it is a real team effort.

Posted by RailroadGin

I doubt there is very much you can do by yourself. I'd say it takes an equally well-organised, concerted and well-rehearsed effort from SMT, school teaching staff and parents to counter such a scenario - and even then expulsion may be the only answer. Others will argue that we don't have the right to go down that path, that such children doubtless have the right to act in this way and that you should probably try to appeal to their better nature. It seems to me that today's teachers have no option but to reap what past generations of society have sown.

Posted by kibosh

I have only ever met genuine malice or snideness behind the orchestrated disruption on two teaching stints. On one of those, another teacher in the department was complicit in their behaviour. Has anyone else come across this type of teacher? Usually the type that are so afraid of the pupils they have to become their best friend. I find it's generally a mixture of cunning, high spirits and a dislike of the subject that is behind organised disruption. The class that are causing me difficulties just now are actually a nice enough bunch of rogues as individuals, but getting them last period on a Friday does not help.

Posted by canofcarrots

I went through the same thing a few years ago, and it nearly killed me. My advice would be to seek as much help as possible. Get the SMT involved straight away. Don't do this on your own.

Posted by mathsguy

Why do we constantly have to pussyfoot around this issue? Disrupt the lesson and they should be put out so we can do our job properly.

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