Disruptive Students and the Student Spectrum

In Dr. Richard Garrett's The Kids are Smart Enough -- So What's the Problem?, the author highlights many of the common struggles teachers face in the modern classroom. With poignant data, and measured advice, the book is a great resource to educators seeking new ways of reaching their students. Enjoy this small snippet from this powerful book:

After collecting data from school teachers, Garrett presents the concept of the "Student Spectrum." The "Student Spectrum" was developed from statistics from a D-Rated school and identifies and defines The Engaged Students, who make up 31% of a classroom, The Disruptive Students, who make up 23%, and The Followers who make up the remaining 46%. 

Garrett explains,

"Looking at these numbers, one begins to develop a better understanding of what a classroom is liked for this D-Rated school. With a class size of 24-25, these numbers show there will be from 5-6 Disruptive Students in every class. The Follower students are more highly influenced by the disruptives than they are the engaged. Consequently, a large number of the followers will, on occasion, fall into the disruptive category. This means that at times, the classroom could be composed of a majority of Disruptive Students."

With so many new stories popping up about teacher walk outs and strikes, it is important to understand what exactly teachers are facing each day. We at Elevate Teachers support teachers and encourage them to continue their educational careers!

Does this data sound like your classroom? What are some successful tips that you have for your fellow teachers in the Elevate Teachers Community?

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