While this researched journal article is state-specific and may not have generalizability to every school or district, it provides a detailed explanation of the factors and issues related to the wide-spread problem of disruptive students in the classroom, and one state's approach to addressing it.
This document, which is written to address disruptions at the college level, is nevertheless helpful in identifying the common types of disruptive classroom behavior among older students (junior high/high school), as well as the reasons many instructors are hesitant to respond to such behaviors.
In the heat of the moment, a disruption can sometimes derail us and make us lose our cool. But once the moment has past, we as teachers can regroup and consider some cool-headed strategies for the "next time."
We want solutions to disruptive situations, and we want them now. These 4 solutions are all about maintaining the dignity of student dignity while keeping cool and understanding where the behavior is coming from.
While the main goal of the teacher in a moment of disruption is to make it stop, in the quiet moments of planning and self-evaluations, this article provides some thought-provoking questions that may help you get to the bottom of why a student is acting out.
This informative video from the American Psychological Association breaks down the reasons behind the disruptive behavior we are seeing in our classrooms, and provides insight into possible interventions, based on the situation.
One frustration of teachers is often that those who set down the policies haven't spent any time in the classroom themselves. So here are some final words of wisdom regarding addressing classroom disruptions, but from the mouths of teachers themselves.