Classroom Management

Create a constructive classroom environment through communication to deal with behavior issues:1

  • Take a preemptive approach by defining expectations in the syllabus and again discussing them at the first class meeting.
  • Decrease anonymity by forming personal relationships with students.
  • Seek feedback from students.
  • Encourage active learning.  

Handling disruptions:2

  • Use language in a de-escalating fashion by strongly and assertively requesting the behavior stop rather than ordering the behavior to stop.
  • Assume a positive intent when addressing student behavior.
  • Speaking with the student in private and encouraging a change in behavior might mitigate future disruptions.
  • Asking the student to leave is an option – use it if necessary.