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How to Handle Different Types of Kids in a Classroom

Updated on March 11, 2015
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I am a certified teacher and have been tutoring young children for more than 30 years. I am sharing my experience in the tutorial business.

While teaching could be fun and interesting; it is also considered as one of the hardest jobs to deal with. Teaching is like a bout in the ring and the teacher must have her own fighting strategy to survive the daily bout. With very young kids who sometimes do not yet understand what school is all about it is very hard to deal with them every day especially in the first few days when school just started.

Being a teacher myself of young kids for more than thirty years, I have come to realize that being a teacher could be both fun and tough. I have taught different types of kids. They are all the same kids but they differ in how they cope up in the learning world.

Being a Teacher means dealing with a world full of different types of people.

These are the different types of children inside a classroom.

  • The Smart Children

Some kids tend to take learning a fun activity that is why they easily survive in school and perform well with good class standing. These types of students usually belong to the upper 10% of the class who are in school because they love learning.

They are the kids who are easy to handle. They always listen to the teacher and do what they are told to do. Take note though that there are times when these types of kids need also your attention because they often do not want to be corrected. They think that they are good and they don’t need corrections. So you have to explain to them that everybody makes mistakes.

  • The Obedient Children

There are children who are obedient and they go to school because they think it is what they are supposed to do. They obey their parents and they attend classes daily but they are not enjoying school so they get bored and sometimes just sit down without joining the activities.

These are the children who may or may not listen because they don’t understand the lessons. They always say, “I’m tired.”

  • The Tantrum Children

Sometimes these types of kids are intelligent but they have tantrums so they often shout or cry whenever they want. They are easily irritated so you need to know what makes them sit down and join activities. There is no need to force the child to work if the child doesn’t like to work but do not allow the child to always have a reason not to work. As much as possible, the child with a tantrum has to learn to participate without whining.

Different activities are needed for these types of children.

  • The Difficult Children

There are children who make things a problem even if it is not. They always create their own problem where other children don’t. If you are writing, the difficult child suddenly says, “This is difficult to do. I can’t do it.” When he is playing, he doesn’t enjoy his toys but instead looks at the toys of the other kids and tries to grab it. When it’s time for snack time, he puts his food aside and say; “I want the food of Myka.” This is the reason why we serve the same food during snack time, to avoid this type of problem. If the children eat the same kind of food during snack time in school, there is no reason why some children will be looking for other foods.

These types of children need your utmost understanding and patience. They don’t need your anger. They don’t need your stern voice. They need your soft and loving voice in order to behave. If you show your love and care to these types of kids; they will finally simmer down and change.

  • The Emotional Children

There are children who are very emotional. Some express so much joy. Some express sadness. Some express themselves with so much anger.

There are different emotions expressed by children so be mindful of these emotions. When a child is always sad, find out why. The child may have a problem. Those children who express themselves through anger need a calm and understanding teacher so that the child will understand that anger is not a solution to difficult situations.

Knowing and understanding each emotion of each child will make the learning environment a better place for the children.

What can a teacher do in this situation?


In a class of young children; you don't expect the children to be the same.

The Teacher:

What it takes to be a teacher:

  • Adaptable Personality

A teacher should be one person in different coats. She should be someone who can be a child at times, a mother when the need arises, a clown, a policeman who controls chaos inside the classroom, a mentor and a mediator.

The teacher needs adaptable personality in order to handle the different types of kids. It can be a daunting task but once you know how to handle different types of kids, you will be having fun dealing with kids.

  • Long Patience and Understanding

You cannot survive in the children’s world if you don’t have patience and understanding. With different types of behaviors you need to deal with everyday; your utmost patience is needed. Understand too that you are dealing with kids and learn to dance and play with them.

  • Good Strategist

The way you handle things inside the classroom is very important. When the children start becoming unruly, you have to find a way to stop them. Once one child starts to create a problem; all the others will be affected. If you are quick in thinking of a solution, the class will go on smoothly.

In some instances if your strategy does not work, you can handle the kids by being firm and saying no. It depends upon the type of kid and the kind of situation. Some kids can be handled using mild punishments such as face the wall, no play time or no star. This depends upon the effectiveness of the punishment to the child. If punishment does not work to the child then refrain from repeating the method because it will only worsen things. Shift to the positive method and give instead a reward to the child. As much as possible the teacher should handle things the positive way first before giving punishment.

It is important to always concentrate on the prevention at the start of the class because once a problem ensues the young kids will all start getting wild and it is harder to handle them.

Handling young kids is a tough job. You cannot yell at them because the more you shout the wilder they become. As a teacher, you should handle the situation in a very calm manner so that the young kids will not panic.

Teaching kids is never an easy job but you can cope with some extra work in finding ways to handle different types of kids.


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    • Felisa Daskeo profile imageAUTHOR

      Felisa Daskeo 

      6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi, Arun Kanti thank you for your encouraging words. I will write more about ids so that others will know how to handle them the proper way.

    • ARUN KANTI profile image


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      Although I have never been a teacher I appreciate your sincere efforts at handling the kids properly while lending an ear to them. Thank you very much for such useful hubs which may be an eye opener for others who are easily annoyed and find it tough to control the kids easily.


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