Seriously, as youandcorey (from North America!) wrote: ďAll teachers have great classes and ones from HELL. When you put your heart into your work sometimes it gets broken, so we need to appreciate the classes that shine all the more.Ē
If Konungusvia says that he has never had trouble with students disrupting him in any profound or lasting way, then I must believe him. However, many highly-motivated, hard-working, humane and well-prepared teachers on both sides of the Atlantic encounter students who are very disruptive in a very profound and lasting way.
The reasons for the anti-social behaviour may be traced back to any number of causes, and it may well be untrue to suggest that any student is inherently evil but I donít think it is particularly helpful to suggest that disruption is always caused by the faults of the teacher.
We teachers can help ourselves and one another by recognising that improvements in our own attitude and methods can help prevent some of the problems before they even start, and alleviate others after they have started. But if we take upon ourselves all of the responsibility for the anti-social behaviour of some of our students, then we are helping nobody; indeed we are doing a great disservice to those teachers and students who are the innocent victims of such behaviour.
Retired English Teacher