Disruptive is a term that comes from English disruptive and that is used to name that which produces a sudden break. Usually the term is used in a symbolic meaning, in reference to something that generates a very important or decisive change (regardless of whether said change has a physical correlate).

For instance: “The creation of the personal computer was something totally disruptive in contemporary society”, “O’Hara’s entry was disruptive and turned the game around”, “Many critics consider that this album will be the disruptive one that takes the musician from the local level to the international scene”.


The invention of personal computers led to the emergence of disruptive technology.

Disruptive technology

A disruptive technology is an innovation that generates the disappearance of products or services which, until then, were used by the society. The new one technology It appears as an advance that makes everything old precarious or inferior in terms of its benefits.

The personal computer (personal computer) was a disruptive technology that made the typewriter obsolete. Something similar can be said about mobile telephony compared to public phone booths.

A rough discharge

It is known as disruptive discharge to the sudden discharge that takes place when the potential difference between two conductors electrical exceeds a certain limit.

This discharge can be seen by a spark that appears accompanied by a popping noise. The maximum voltage that produces a disruptive discharge is called disruptive voltage.

Disruptive people, years and objects

The use of the concept is very broad and can be applied to one person (“Elvis Presley was a disruptor for contemporary music”), one year (“The disruptive 1986 established a before and after in Diego Maradona’s career”), an object (“I think this chip will be the disruptor that will mark the new history of home appliances”), etc.

As can be seen, in these cases the meaning is symbolic. These meanings are associated with individuals, things or moments that generated great changes.

Phone in class

Disruptive behavior affects the normal development of the educational process.

Behaviors that hinder an educational process

The concept of conduct disruptiva, also known as disruption, is very common in the field of compulsory education and, as mentioned in the first paragraph, the family of these terms comes from the English language. These are problems that interrupt an activity or process, which prevent its normal development and, depending on the case, healthy.

Increasingly, the work of teachers is hampered by a disruptive action on the part of students, which does nothing but reflect the growing emptiness that human beings feel when facing life without sufficient tools to understand it, without objectives in the long term, without deep interpersonal relationships to lean on to get through the moments difficult and to create happy memories.

East behavior Disruptive behavior of certain students causes various consequences, among which is the teacher’s discomfort and their potential fear of returning to the classroom, as well as a negative impact on the learning of other students. One of the most common attitudes is the constant murmur, which prevents the correct development of the class since it dirties the information and generates stress and frustration in the teacher.

Boredom as a generator of disruptive elements

On the other hand, the mere noise generated by the collision of pencils and pens against the tables can be considered disruptive behavior if it is done consistently and disrespectfully, without regard for the teacher. We can all have moments of boredom, of difficulty paying attention, of fatigue that make it difficult for us to stay awake, but nothing gives us the right to hinder the work of others; in the worst case, we should ask permission to withdraw and let the rest take advantage of the lesson.

A very effective advice to overcome with success This constant murmur or noise is not only not to raise the intensity of the voice, but to decrease it until understanding is not possible unless the noise disappears; Faced with such a measure, it is common for good students to collaborate with the teacher to dissipate disruptive behavior and regain control of the class.