Sunday, November 26, 2006

Civility in the Classroom

CNN has posted the story of a management professor at Drake U. who is selling lessons on how professors can create a better classroom atmosphere.

The work apparently focuses on technological issues--what to do with cell phones, laptops, etc.--but also provides a few guidelines:

  • Establish credibility by telling students how they will benefit from taking the class.
  • Decide how formal or informal the class will be.
  • Set clear expectations and enforce them.
  • On the first day of class, emphasize its importance by giving an assignment that students must turn in at the next class.
  • Handle discipline problems immediately.

  • Are there those among us who do not do these things? It strikes me as simple common sense, but it sounds as though the author is making big bucks leading campus seminars.

    2 comments:

    Prof. Seeman said...

    Some good help here is at:
    www.ClassroomManagementOnline.com
    See the book. It is about PREVENTION, not just handling discipline problems. If needed, after you get the book, I can also send you the Supplement for College Teachers.
    Best Wishes,
    Prof. Howard Seeman

    Lake Winneblogo said...

    Wow, apparently there is good business in selling colleges instruction in managing classroom.

    I don't feel like I need it, but it is not because of any training I received in graduate school.

    Just another oversight in the operation of academia.