- Take the first step - Evaluate your current style of class management to ensure methods have impact.
- Addressing microaggressions, incivility, and disruptive behavior – The key to managing disruptive behavior is to demonstrate strategies to de-escalate situations (Pickford, 2007).
- Supporting quiet, shy, fearful, and uncertain learners – Engage learners who have a fear of failure, are overly thoughtful, introverted, and lack self-confidence.
- Utilizing accommodations – CMU provides resources for learners who need accommodations. Review pages such as those on Accommodation and Digital Content Accessibility to become familiar with the range of related resources available.
- Making the most of difficult topics of discussion – Prepare for facilitating topics about race, religion, politics, gender, identity, and sexuality.
Class management starts before the first day: set the tone, prepare your classroom, and be prepared to serve as a pressure release valve. Get to know your learners and remind them you are available outside of class to meet. With a well-thought-out plan, you can foster a positive learning experience. Please let us know if we can assist you in creating a class management plan.
Kenney, Jr., R. (2018). Helping Quiet Students Find Their Voices | Faculty Focus. [online] Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning. Available at: https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/helping-quiet-students-find-their-voices/ [Accessed 19 Jun. 2018].