By Travis Stephenson | Staff Writer
Some classes at Pearce have been host to some disruptive students this year. Every student has his motives and reasons, but in the end no matter what they do, they always hurt others and themselves academically in the process.
Students can be both distracting to others and distracting toward themselves for a number of reasons. Those reasons can range from wanting attention to being bored.
“The cause can come from a personal thing in their life that’s upsetting them, something that happened that morning,” English teacher Lindsey Lundquist said. “It can come from a different class, another person, or another teacher who upset them in some way. It can sometimes come from students who are in a sad situation and don’t have enough love or attention in their home life, and so they’re seeking it – of course negative attention, but they’re seeking it in some way because they need to fill that void.”
For many students, their life at home can drive their emotions and actions displayed at school. However, not all students distract the class or themselves because their life at home is less than desirable.
“For me personally, I like to get people to laugh. And so, like being the center of attention is kind of a thing for me,” said a student who confesses to sometimes being disruptive. “So I don’t really know what the cause of that would be. Maybe it’s because I don’t get enough attention or something like that, but I don’t know.”
On rare occasions, students are not familiar with the school environment. Home-schooled individuals who transfer to public schools always go through an adjustment after being exposed to this new system.
“I think it’s important to note that the the student you’re interviewing also has a background of being home-schooled,” Ms. Lundquist said. “And so this person didn’t necessarily grow up in a public school environment until just recently.”
Regardless of interventions at home, students have been a little more interested in chatting with friends or pulling the occasional prank.
“That’s actually very accurate,” said the student. “When teachers get upset, that’s a thing because it’s true. Even though I don’t think it’s right, it’s true I’d much rather be talking with my friends than be in math class.”
Teachers have always seen students distracted within the classroom, whether that be from other students, from addictive games, or social media. These distractions cause many to steer away from the task at hand.
“As a teacher, I’m having issues with the phones,” CTE teacher Blair Briscoe said. “It’s very difficult for me to compete with what really is their social life.”
Phones prove to be an effective distraction. However, students might not realize, teachers understand that a lot of these distractions are how they interact in their social life at school.
“Of course as a teenager, as an adolescent, social life is most important because you’re trying to be accepted by your peers,” Ms. Briscoe said.
Most teachers try their best to make the lessons they are required to teach more interesting and engaging.
“As a teacher, I want my lessons to be engaging and fun,” Ms. Briscoe said.