Troublesome students can be the hardest part of the job. They can make or break a class in a heartbeat. For me, it is good to have protocols set up beforehand. For me, I have a three-step system of a warning, moving the student, and spending time assisted out in the hall with the student. A lot of times, there seems to be attention needed from these troubled students. That is why positive reinforcement is a quality thing to help supplement in these situations.
I love the thoughts on protocols. Many teachers forget this important step to start the year and remember throughout the year. Protocols cannot be talked about just to start the year. This should be an ongoing conversation week after week. Keep it up!
Learning disabilities and a new language can be a hard barrier to overcome. But, I need to back off my expectations and work slowly with a student. Many small goals need to be paired for success in this area.
When you focus more on what the student needs than what you want from the student, success happens quicker than you might think. Continue to evaluate and re-evaluate a plan for a positive experience to abound.