Description of the Challenging Condition

The challenge that many teachers face, and the one that we will review in this website is the challenge of the disruptive/non-participating student. This is the student(s) that are constantly acting out in the class that are causing interruptions and/or not participating in the activity/lesson that is taking place.


Below we will look at an imaginary student that portrays qualities to that of a disruptive/non-participating student. 


Physical Education

Activity: Football


Name: John Do 

Grade: 9th

Age: 14

Sex: Male

Personality: extrovert, continuously talking throughout class

Physical Qualities: tall and slender


Each day, John Do comes to class, dressed for physical education. He stands in the assigned area while you (the teacher) takes role and listens to the activity that is going to take place. Once the activity is stated, you notice that John starts to talk excessively and starts making jokes/statements out loud for everyone to hear and laugh at. Even during the time that the lesson is taking place he is still doing this and you notice that he is not participating in the activity itself. You call him over and ask him what is going on and ask him to start participating. He states that he isn't into this sport and that he doesn't feel like participating, he'd rather just hang out and talk to his friends. You ask him to stop talking and start paying attention to the activity. You also ask if he understands how to do the activity and he states yes. You notice that when it comes to his turn, he doesn't take it, he has others do it for him. You start to ask yourself the following:

What do you think is going on?  

Why is John acting this way? 

What can be done to get John to participate?

How can you as teacher reach out to John to find out what is really going on?

Or, is there nothing wrong with John, he just simply doesn't like the sport/activity?