by Mariana De Maio
PhD student, University of Florida
There isn’t a teacher who hasn’t had to deal with student problems and problem students. Sooner or later you will have to deal with a student who has a problem or a student who is disrupting your teaching, so it’s better to be prepared. There are three common problems that higher education teachers face:
Students with academic problems
Some students may be aggressive or may challenge the materials presented in class. This is a good opportunity to delve further into the subject matter and to teach the student how to approach the subject in a critical fashion.
Some students seek the “truth” because they see the world divided into true and false statements. This is a good opportunity to guide these students into the complex pathways of the subject matter, arriving at various conjectures and competing hypotheses and presenting a set of ideas upon which the profession may agree.