Loud, rude ,disrespectful behavior in the classroom

  1. How do you deal with this type of behavior? unfortunately, there are a few students in my lpn class where those words describe them to a T. for instance, when the teacher is lecturing over a particular topic at least two women will cut her off. these are the same ones who will inject their life situation into everything that is discussed in class and it's very rude to do so when other students want to say something as well.

    i'm so sick and tired of hearing about their kids. in human growth our instuctor said dont use your kids as examples for growth & development because it will confuse them and they will get questions wrong on exams by comparing their kids to what the book says. everyone is different the book is talking about the norm. some babies walk sooner than others...some girls develop sooner than other girls, etc. as soon as the instructors starts lecturing here comes "well, my kids did this when they were that age and they didn't do that" who cares? my god it is so frustrating when you're trying to focus on what is being said by the teacher when she is being interrupted constantly.

    then there are the loud mouths. during film time which is a learning tool for our program, you can't focus or even hear sometimes because certain students in class are laughing or talking very loud, how rude! oh and not to mention the foul language that is commonly spoken...jesus christ! i try to stay calm and really stay to myself. i don't do study groups because of the silliness that goes on.

    are any of you experiencing this type of behavior? this has become a learning barrier to those who are really struggling and with constant interruptions in class they may soon be out of the program.
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Complain to the instructor. It is the instructor's responsibility to maintain classroom behavior. If this does not work, then you and others should be direct. When an interruption occurs, counter with "I want to hear what the instructor has to say" or something similar. Keep on doing that, have your classmates keep on doing it, until the rude people stop their behavior.
  4. by   dblpn
    great advice thank you. i've thought about going to the instructors and talk with them because i see they too get annoyed with this kind of behavior that goes on. if that doesn't work, i'm off to the program administrator.
  5. by   Adams_Mommy_07
    You must not have any kids because parents have the tendency to talk about our kids a lot!! We don't mean to be aggravating, we are just so proud and love our children so much--not to mention our children are perfection to us. It just happens when you become a mommy.
  6. by   butrfli
    Many of us have children and there is a time and place for pp's discussion of their pride and joy just not constantly in a classroom for learning. The disruptions from students is the instructors fault. The instructor needs to speak up and tell the class to please leave comments or questions for the end of lecture point blank. And, as far as the giggling, talking or whatever during films, the instructor should stop the tape and not continue until those few choose to be attentive or be asked to leave. I know this may sound like elementary school but sheesh if you have pp who are rude and inconsiderate of those around them, they need to treated like kindergarteners. What ashame!
  7. by   madnurse2b
    I don't have kids - but I have a family member with Alzheimer's Disease at home. This can bring interesting subjects up during our classroom discussions of older adults, and the disease itself. One thing to remember, no matter what the subject in class, get enough people in class and someone will either have, or have a family member who has it. I like to hear how my fellow students handle their problems and issues with different conditions. The one thing I try to remember in nursing school is that these are patients, human beings with these conditions, not just a diagnosis and pathophysiology. And yes, even their families are our patients. Try to be patient with some of your fellow students.
    On the other hand that if you are talking through the lecture, giggling like a middle schooler or just being disruptive just stop it. I don't have time to try to shut you down, my lecture moves too fast, school moves too fast for me to spend my time shushing those who are being childish.
  8. by   Daytonite
    This is a problem with the instructor who lets this happen because they are unable to maintain order in their classroom. You need to take the instructor aside and complain about the disruptive students. If the instructor doesn't remedy the situation after talking with him/her then you will need to talk to the instructor's boss and complain about the instructor not keeping order in the classroom.
  9. by   justiceforjoy
    "Hey guys, I'm sorry - I can't hear the movie, do you think you could keep it down, please? " Works.

    You are no longer a child, you don't need a parent to do this for you.

    As for the interjecting with the stories, I feel your pain. I just take what I need to from their experiences, and toss out whatever irrelevant information they've shared. It is unfortunate, but lots of people have an inherent need to share information. Keep in mind that this could be how they learn -- interacting and sharing, then comparing their experiences with what the books say.
  10. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from BeeNursey10
    How do you deal with this type of behavior? unfortunately, there are a few students in my lpn class where those words describe them to a T. for instance, when the teacher is lecturing over a particular topic at least two women will cut her off. these are the same ones who will inject their life situation into everything that is discussed in class and it's very rude to do so when other students want to say something as well.

    i'm so sick and tired of hearing about their kids. in human growth our instuctor said dont use your kids as examples for growth & development because it will confuse them and they will get questions wrong on exams by comparing their kids to what the book says. everyone is different the book is talking about the norm. some babies walk sooner than others...some girls develop sooner than other girls, etc. as soon as the instructors starts lecturing here comes "well, my kids did this when they were that age and they didn't do that" who cares? my god it is so frustrating when you're trying to focus on what is being said by the teacher when she is being interrupted constantly.

    then there are the loud mouths. during film time which is a learning tool for our program, you can't focus or even hear sometimes because certain students in class are laughing or talking very loud, how rude! oh and not to mention the foul language that is commonly spoken...jesus christ! i try to stay calm and really stay to myself. i don't do study groups because of the silliness that goes on.

    are any of you experiencing this type of behavior? this has become a learning barrier to those who are really struggling and with constant interruptions in class they may soon be out of the program.


    Ok no offense but I was LMAO at the bolded part, just seemed funny to make that comment and than follow it with Jesus Christ LOL

    ANYWAY, I feel ya on all of this and I won't be doing study groups either, I usually only ever find 1-2 kids in a class I really like, and might study with 1 at a time.

    The Instructors really need to lay down the law though IMO and not allow this behaviour to happen.
  11. by   HumorHeals22
    Quote from BeeNursey10
    How do you deal with this type of behavior? unfortunately, there are a few students in my lpn class where those words describe them to a T. for instance, when the teacher is lecturing over a particular topic at least two women will cut her off. these are the same ones who will inject their life situation into everything that is discussed in class and it's very rude to do so when other students want to say something as well.

    i'm so sick and tired of hearing about their kids. in human growth our instuctor said dont use your kids as examples for growth & development because it will confuse them and they will get questions wrong on exams by comparing their kids to what the book says. everyone is different the book is talking about the norm. some babies walk sooner than others...some girls develop sooner than other girls, etc. as soon as the instructors starts lecturing here comes "well, my kids did this when they were that age and they didn't do that" who cares? my god it is so frustrating when you're trying to focus on what is being said by the teacher when she is being interrupted constantly.

    then there are the loud mouths. during film time which is a learning tool for our program, you can't focus or even hear sometimes because certain students in class are laughing or talking very loud, how rude! oh and not to mention the foul language that is commonly spoken...jesus christ! i try to stay calm and really stay to myself. i don't do study groups because of the silliness that goes on.
    are any of you experiencing this type of behavior? this has become a learning barrier to those who are really struggling and with constant interruptions in class they may soon be out of the program.
    Sounds like your instructor(s) need a back bone. Maybe you too? Confront people like them directly, don't beat around the bush. Telling on them to the intstructors will not work. No one likes tattle tales anyways. Just my two cents.
  12. by   dblpn
    Quote from Adams_Mommy_07
    You must not have any kids because parents have the tendency to talk about our kids a lot!! We don't mean to be aggravating, we are just so proud and love our children so much--not to mention our children are perfection to us. It just happens when you become a mommy.
    i have two children and i know exactly what you're talking about, but i don't interrupt the teacher about something that my kids do/don't do all the time, i just think it's rude. we all want to talk about our kids because we love them so much but there is not enough hours to let everyone do this plus get through lecture.

    all i'm saying, let the teacher do what she's supposed to do. of course it's ok to make a comment, but all the time? these women just can't stop with " well that maybe the norm, but my son did this/that at 10 mths." who cares what your son/daughter did let the teacher finish talking before you try to contradict her and the book. the book and instructors will be right. you can't take a peds exam and look for an answer that fit your kids you will be wrong every single time.
  13. by   Agrippa
    They're called "gunners".
  14. by   dblpn
    Quote from madnurse2b
    I don't have kids - but I have a family member with Alzheimer's Disease at home. This can bring interesting subjects up during our classroom discussions of older adults, and the disease itself. One thing to remember, no matter what the subject in class, get enough people in class and someone will either have, or have a family member who has it. I like to hear how my fellow students handle their problems and issues with different conditions. The one thing I try to remember in nursing school is that these are patients, human beings with these conditions, not just a diagnosis and pathophysiology. And yes, even their families are our patients. Try to be patient with some of your fellow students.
    On the other hand that if you are talking through the lecture, giggling like a middle schooler or just being disruptive just stop it. I don't have time to try to shut you down, my lecture moves too fast, school moves too fast for me to spend my time shushing those who are being childish.
    i understand what you're saying. i've used situations in my family before there is nothing wrong with that. what gets me is how these particular women are just plain rude when they interrupt the teacher by being contradictory all the time. the other gal she wants the instructor to repeat every single thing that she just said so she can write it down. it is impossible to try and write down word for word what the instructor says when taking notes. you make notes from lecture highlighting important things to further read on.

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