Managing Misbehavior in the College Classroom
I just finished my first year of teaching at the college level. I’m embarrassed to say it, but I had a lot of behavior problems. In almost every class I had a few students who would talk or text right over my lecture. I never expected to have these issues in college, but I do, and I don’t know what to do about it. Do you know of any resources that can help me deal with this issue?
One of my favorite sites, Cult of Pedagogy, offers up some solutions here: www.cultofpedagogy.com/misbehavior-college-classroom/ It has great practical examples for Quick Fixes (such as tips for using proximity), Long Term Solutions (such as examples of developing class rules), and resources for developing a system.
Another great option is right here through the TLETC, where Cheri Sinnott, faculty member in BSS is offering a 5-week online class "Classroom Management in the College Classroom":
"Problems with discipline" is the number one reason that administrators fail to rehire teachers or award tenure. Teachers report student misbehavior to be their primary source of career-based stress, and former teachers report it to be the number one reason that they left the field (www.behavioradvisor.com). Many college instructors are subject matter experts and have not participated in specific training related to classroom management. Participants in this course will learn about classroom management strategies that support positive student behavior.
To register, click here or visit the TLETC website.