I am currently having issues with a disruptive student that I don't know what to do about. This student is not being rude or mean to other students or myself and I do not think it requires any level of discipline and that is why this is difficult for me.
This student loves to talk and share, which I encourage in my classroom because it gets my students thinking about the topic, but they are very good at getting off topic. So much so that I feel I am trying to pull the class in more than I am teaching. This student is very sensitive and when I have tried to talk to her about these issues she gets very defensive and lashes out or starts to say how she is worthless.
I really feel bad and don't want her to feel this way but I also can not have the rest of the students impacted because I can't reach them with the material over her. Many of the students have confessed that they feel they learn better when she is not in class.
How do I minimize this activity, while keeping her happy, so everyone can enjoy the material together?
I would appreciate any feedback, relevent to my situation or not, as to how to manage a classroom.