RescueDigest Resources: Difficult Student Behavior

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services.

Difficult Student

Do YOU have difficult students like this?

Dealing with Difficult Student Behavior: Is the solution policies, parenting or perhaps something else?

The Know-it-all. The Worrier. The Heckler. The Rambler. The Cheater. Is one rotten apple going to spoil your whole program?  How can educators differentiate between difficult students and difficult behaviors? How should they deal with immediate classroom problems, and what can be done to avoid trouble before it begins? What RescueDigest suggests is to keep in mine (however difficult it may be at the time) that there are no difficult students; there are only difficult behaviors. Manage to keep your cool and deal with the behavior, not the personality or the emotion and you can often turn a frustrating student into a top-notch performer. It isn’t always easy, but we’ve got some suggestions for you.

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Dealing with Difficult Student Behaviors? Don’t loose your cool!

Whether you’re an administrator, program coordinator, training officer an individual educator managing, difficult student behavior can be unpleasant at best and extremely difficult at worst. It doesn’t matter if students are in your classroom for only an hour, for weeks to months or (cue ominous background music) YOUR PEERS, what seems to be the easiest course of action, ignoring the behavior, is actually the worst thing that you can do. While each behavior will need to be dealt with in a slightly different manner, depending on the context in which you are working, here are our Top Resources to help you identify and manage difficult behavior on-line or in-person and out your student(s) back on track for success!




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About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via