Hello Kailey: This is an AWESOME question. My daughter is a first year High School Math Teacher and I'm answering your question based on what she shares with me about her class on why students act out. . .
#1 - Don't care - they have no interest in being at school or learning
#2 - Unmotivated - this might be because they have no real goals or dreams about doing anything in life at the moment
#3 - Something personal may be going on - this could be things like a boyfriend/girlfriend, home life, etc.
Now this isn't a complete listing of why kids act out in school. There could be many factors that are not made aware of regarding the student for instance, they may be on some kind of medication for whatever reasons, have a learning handicap, etc.
It's great that you respect the teacher and come prepared to learn. You will go far with those qualities. Continue to focus on your work and not get distracted by those students who act out. The teacher will appreciate you for hanging in there. Keep up the good work. :)
Best of Luck to You!
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
- Stay focused on your assignments
- Listen to the teacher and ask questions
- Let the teacher know how much you appreciate her/him