Teacher Qualities that Reduce Teacher Student Fights

Teacher student fights that involve Black students continue to become one of the biggest challenges for schools today. One sure fire way to reduce teacher student fights is to better equip teachers to understand Black students.

Black students continue to receive more disciplinary consequences when compared to other students which can becomes the reason for so many teacher student fights. This cycle cost schools millions of dollars annually. Reversing this cycle requires that schools overcome the cultural biases that teachers and students bring to the classroom by Promoting Positive Racial Teacher-Student Classroom Relationships.

Teachers who reduce teacher student fights by promoting positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships exhibit several qualities which include:

  • Good listening techniques
  • Support student introduced ideas
  • Provide students with disciplinary chances/choices

When listening to students, teachers must be aware of the nonverbal behavior exhibited by Black students. Blacks exhibit nonverbal behavior that some teachers may perceive as offensive. For example, Blacks indicate they are listening by nodding their heads. In the United States, a head nod signifies agreement. In the White culture, a perpendicular nod during a conversation indicates an agreement, acceptance, or understanding. In the Black culture, a perpendicular nod during a conversation indicates a conversational catalyst, not an agreement, acceptance or understanding. Schools will benefit from an organizational change process that increases teacher awareness of minority student nonverbal behavior.

Teachers must also know that some minority students exhibit verbal behavior when listening. Blacks indicate they are listening by making short sounds, and verbally respond to indicate that they are listening.

While this behavior may annoy teachers, some Black students will also interrupt the teacher when listening. Blacks accept interrupting others or speaking out- of-turn communicative approach as valued and an indication that the individual is listening, comprehending, and has anticipated the point being made. A Black child may be listening intently and with curiosity, yet to a White person he gives the appearance of distraction, often because of a different habit of directing his gaze.

One of the teachers who participated in a school reform initiative that reduced teacher student fights by promoting positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships reported the following: “I recently had the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with a student. She was upset about the detention that I assigned her earlier in the day. During our talk, it became clear to me that I had treated her unfairly. We were able to resolve our issues because we both had mutual respect for each other. When dealing with students, sometimes it is best to be quiet and just listen to what they are saying. That could mean more to them than any advice or instruction you have to share.”

Teachers who reduce teacher student fights by promoting positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships support student introduced ideas that promote positive racial teacher student relationships. During a recent school initiative that promotes positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships a teacher supported a student introduced idea by developing a mentoring program for incoming freshman. The incoming freshmen were to receive mentoring on how to positively interact with teachers and other staff members. This student introduced idea was an important breakthrough because most school disciplinary and academic challenges can exist for new and incoming students in the school.

Finally, teachers who reduce teacher student fights by promoting positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships by providing disciplinary chances and choices for students. Another teacher who participated in a school initiative that promotes positive racial teacher student classroom relationships believed in providing students with choices rather than hammer students with consequences. The teacher noticed that students were having challenges with substitutes and provided the following choices:

  • Continue your current behavior and find yourself with a misconduct and deal with the consequence.
  • Treat the substitute with the same respect you show me and wait till after class to address the issue directly with the sub.
  • If you are uncomfortable with #2 because you are unfamiliar with the substitute you should avoid confrontation and tell me about the problem when I return. I then can assist you in finding a solution.

Teachers who reduce teacher student fights by promoting positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships are good listeners, support student initiated ideas that promote positive teacher-student classroom relationships, and provide students with disciplinary chances/choices. The formula for reducing teacher students fights is to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.


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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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