I teach in a small college and one student seems to have an obsessive need to make comments aloud during class. Sometimes those comments are funny (he is the class clown) but sometimes they feel abusive and critical when aimed directly at me. Yesterday when I was reviewing an exam he made it a point to say twice that he learns better from my supervisor, "I want ___________ to teach us; I learn better from him." Last night I also mentioned the wrong date of their next class. I apologized for misspeaking and corrected myself but not before a negative comment was made by him about being wrong.
In the past, I remember distinctly him making a negative comment when I made a mistake, "come on man, get it together" and a few minutes later when he couldn't answer my question in class, I jokingly said, "well, as you said to me, 'come on man, get it together.'" The whole class laughed aloud at my comeback to him.
Last night's comments really stung. When he commented that he wanted to learn from my boss, I agreed that my boss is brilliant and that he should reach out to him, to which he said he already did.
What do you do or say when a student basically tells you that you are not a good teacher, to your face, in front of the entire class?? Thank you!