Dealing with challenging behaviour in the classroom can feel like navigating uncharted waters, but with the right strategies longer term and a consistent approach when dealing with defiance in the moment you can be empowered to effectively manage defiant behaviour.
A student refusing to follow instructions is not a new occurrence in the teaching world. However, concerns are being raised by teachers and leaders that post-pandemic classrooms are seeing more and more students refusing to follow instructions and an increase in challenging situations.
When teaching a large group, it only takes one to refuse to comply for the mood in the room to shift. A defiant student signals to the rest of the group the possibility of escalation and for the teacher it can feel disempowering and like a loss of control and order.
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