Classroom community and classroom management are two sides of the same coin. When the classroom community is strong with things like clear roles and responsibilities, respectful relationships, positive expectations and equitable consequences, often discipline issues are minimized. Still, even in the most harmonious classroom communities, classroom management and student discipline can become something that faculty need to address and resolve. On this page, you’ll find some tips and resources to help you with classroom management.
What are some quick tips for improving classroom management?
Managing the College Classroom: Perspectives from an Introvert and an Extrovert from College Quarterly describes different ways to manage a college classroom depending on whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. Regardless of personality type, here are their top ten ways to prevent student discipline problems (read the full article for the deets!).
- Know thyself, love thyself.
- Utilize all your strengths.
- If you are aware of weaknesses, devise goals and then seek assistance/training to improve.
- It is imperative to determine students’ learning styles and to develop strategies to meet all students’ needs.
- Consider overall class personality.
- Spend time with students out of class.
- Earn students’ respect.
- Directly communicate to students that you care about their success, both in and out of the classroom.
- Announce guidelines concerning acceptable and unacceptable classroom behavior.
- Consider having students directly involved in classroom behavior plans.
What resources do you recommend for a deep dive?
- Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education: An online book.
- Faculty Focus Articles: 7 Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues & Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom