Pop Quiz: The Interrupting Student
Lecture begins and notebooks are open with pens standing by for the inevitable. Focus starts to occur for both me and my students as I lull them into learning by listening to the intricate web that is the Black Hole. As I expound about what it means for something to have a singularity a student voice cuts the silence with:
“Are we going to play Jeopardy this week?”
Pop there goes the focus.
If you are an educator you know these students. These are the interrupting students. The students who can find a way to ask the most inappropriate off topic question and manage to unravel the attention span of the rest of the class in a mere nano-second!!! You know the ones that ask every class every time a new topic occurs if this will be on the exam or did you hear about [insert unrelated off topic theme here]. They will not be ignored.
There are different types of interrupting students as well. Sometimes the interrupting student is excited about the topic and likes to constantly yell out facts that they saw on television. They do not hold their hand high to wait til the instructor has finished a sentence to be called upon for their few moments of the floor. Nope they just lift their voice over the instructors and care not for etiquette.
There is also the defiant interrupting student. This is the student who for lack of better description harrumphs or sighs every time you begin to speak a sentence because they don’t want to be in class. The interruption from this student can even be the silent eye roll. Honestly, I don’t get these type very often. I suppose I am lucky.
This post is all very tongue-in-cheek but I do wonder about the interrupting student. Does the interrupting student evolve out of a need for constant attention or perhaps lacks a bit of maturity the rest of this students have? What is it that drives them to derail the lecture? Do they do this on purpose or is it innocent? How do you handle the interrupting student?
The Pop Quiz is a question posed to you, the Scholars of Doubt. Look for it to appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons (ET).
Featured Image: Please Stop Yelling, by David Lee