Our books






Become a Fan

« How does the job-market look? | Main | Tips for inside candidates? »

09/28/2018

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Joshua Mugg

A friend gave me this suggestion he learned at teacher's college for chatting students during a lecture time (about 1/2 of my lower-level classes): First, as you are lecturing, just lecture while looking in their direction. That generally stops the chatter. If it doesn't, then (second) move slightly closer to the student. Finally, you can physically put a hand on the desk in front of the student.

The idea is to avoid a direct confrontation ("hey you, stop talking!"). The goal here is to use social ques instead.

Throwaway Name

When I was a freshman, a professor once asked me to stay after class. She explained to me that I was being rude. I think I was cracking jokes instead of taking her and the class seriously. I was mortified because I genuinely didn't realize that what I was doing wasn't appreciated. I'd like to think that this radically changed my behavior in my college courses from that day forward.

I do the same thing in my classes now. Ask students to speak with me after class and tell them directly that their behavior is unacceptable and that they aren't welcome back if they don't fix it. Every time I have done this, the student has been very apologetic and corrected the problem.

anon

"I have in mind primarily the sleepers, the constant chatters, and those who refuse to engage even when called upon."

I think that if they need to sleep that much they might be best served by continuing to sleep!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Current Job-Market Discussion Thread

Job-market reporting thread

Categories