The meeting is an opportunity for the student to understand the inappropriateness of his or her behavior and to develop strategies for continuing successfully in the class.
During the meeting:
- Remain calm. This may be difficult if the student is agitated or confrontational, but your calm and reasoned response will best control the meeting.
- Do not take behavior or remarks personally. Disruptive behavior usually results from other life problems or a general academic frustration.
- Be specific and identify the inappropriate behavior the student has exhibited. Describe the behavior, don't focus on the person. Explain why the behavior is a problem.
- Review the classroom rules and this policy.
- Ask questions and summarize what you hear the student saying.
- Focus on areas of agreement between you and the student. Conclude by summarizing any resolution and articulating expectations and the behavior that is required for the future.