Source : Kaye Jones , ehow.com
Dealing with pupils who refuse to work -- whether it's classwork, homework or a group project -- can be a nightmare scenario for teachers. Non-compliant pupils often demonstrate a lack of interest in education, perform more poorly than their peers and can interrupt lessons a daily basis. Developing a strategy to cope with these pupils, however, can ease the problem and create a healthier and more positive classroom environment.
- Develop positive relationships with pupils. Greet pupils at the door each day, ask how they are doing and spend time getting to know each pupil on a one-to-one basis. Let pupils know that you are always available for help and support. This sets a positive foundation for learning and will encourage pupils to try their best in school.
- Motivate students. According to Francesca Battaglia, a graduate student in behavioral disorders at the City University of New York, teachers should aim to create an atmosphere that favors and rewards effort over achievement and accuracy. Take every opportunity to praise students for their participation, whether it's verbally or with a reward chart.
- Modify your teaching style. Sometimes a refusal to work can be indicative that a student is bored or feeling overwhelmed or confused. Break down lessons into smaller, more manageable activities. Alternate between different types of activities, like demonstrations and group projects, to maintain student interest.
- Give pupils a choice. When faced with a defiant pupil, offer him the option of completing the work at another time, like at lunch or after school. Give the pupil time to make a decision and provide a positive comment when he has complied.
- Look for deeper issues. Refusing to work or participate in lessons can be symptomatic of emotional problem like low self-esteem, anger issues or depression, or a behavioral or learning disorder. Talk to parents to gain a better understanding of the pupil outside of class. If there is evidence of a deeper issue, arrange a meeting with school management.