Strategies in managing student comments:
- revisit the class contract
- be assertive when challenging the comments being made
- remind students of what behaviours sabotage their chance of being a successful class
- use ‘I’ statements, eg, “I need you to stop saying things like that, as I expect everyone to treat each other with respect in this class”
- have a quiet word with the individuals involved
- follow the school procedures for more overtly hostile, bullying or abusive comments.