Preventing Disruptive Behavior In Colleges

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More than 50 percent of K-12 teachers leave the profession within four years due to classroom "discipline problems." Unfortunately-with pressure to pass these students on, with colleges' dire needs for admissions and financial pressures, and with the often "rough" culture of adolescence-higher education teachers and professors are now finding disruptive behaviors in their college classrooms. The best time to solve a problem is before it starts. This book helps college instructors not just handle but also prevent these real-life disruptions in higher education so as to not lower learning standards. The book includes guidelines for preventive skills that respect the teaching style of the instructor/professor. Included are concrete examples of problems and their prevention/solution, help with creating a course syllabus that curtails these problems, and training exercises to practice these skills.

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Editorial Reviews

Teaching Theology and Religion
There is a need for this sort of book; after all, many of us have been blindsided in the classroom by egregious behavior, and few college teachers have any training in discipline (or even in pedagogy) in graduate school....This book might be of value to a beginning college teacher, eager to prevent certain problems before even stepping into a classroom....a book of this sort could be invaluable to both experienced and new teachers.
Rosalyn Baxandall
New professors hired, especially adjuncts, have little experience with classroom management, getting the material across well, and handling large, budget-cut classes. However, I can now use this book at department meetings about teaching techniques and class problems. It is easy to read front to back, or as a comprehensive guide for particular problems, as I used Spock when I had an infant. I can't think of a disruptive behavior not included . Especially useful: miscalls vs. real disruptive behaviors; creating an effective syllabus; handling all kinds of class/campus disruptions. After teaching for thirty years, and being a distinguished teaching professor, I still find myriad ways here to save precious class time from disruptive behavior and become an even more effective professor and chair.
Daniel J. Wiener
The best time to fix problems is before they arise. Intended for chairs, deans, counselors, adjuncts, and professors, this eminently practical book—easy-to-use as a handbook reference for specific problems—will be an invaluable resource for trouble-free college teaching and the prevention/handling of a wide spectrum of college disruptive behaviors.
Ira Altman
This book fills a much-needed gap in preparation for college teaching; a marvelous compendium of disruptive behaviors together with a deeply insightful analysis of their causes. But more to the point, strategies for dealing compassionately and effectively with each one, and training exercises and a checklist making for an extremely useful handbook for those who have found themselves at a loss for what to do when their students begin to 'act up.' I highly recommend this work to adjuncts especially and to professors as well.
Teaching Theology & Religion
There is a need for this sort of book; after all, many of us have been blindsided in the classroom by egregious behavior, and few college teachers have any training in discipline (or even in pedagogy) in graduate school....This book might be of value to a beginning college teacher, eager to prevent certain problems before even stepping into a classroom....a book of this sort could be invaluable to both experienced and new teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607093916
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Seeman has thirty years of experience teaching in colleges, published over two dozen professional articles, and trained teachers in classroom management.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: You Are Not Alone 1

A Disruptive Behavior Has Been a Major Problem in Schools K-12 1

B This Problem Is Now Spreading into Colleges 2

C Why Is This Happening? 6

Part I Handling College Disruptive Behaviors

1 Disruptive Behaviors in College Classrooms 13

A Who Are These Disruptive Students? Student Categories 14

B Disruptive Behaviors Typical of Each Student Category 16

C Disruptive Behaviors Regardless of Student Category 18

D Extreme Harmful/Disruptive Behaviors-Isolated and Campus-wide 19

2 Distinguishing "Miscalls" from Discipline Problems 21

A An Important Distinction: Miscall vs. Discipline Problem 21

B An Online Video Demonstration: Noticing Miscalls 24

C Fifteen Typical Miscalls 26

D Handling Typical Miscalls 35

E Handling Miscalls by Student Category 39

F Handling Students Who: Ask you to repeat; come late; leave early; whisper; bring children to class; challenge; manipulate; blurt out; can't write; are disabled 39

G Handling Miscalls Regardless of Student Category: Students who are withdrawn; sleep; do other homework in class; demand; text message 42

3 Handling Discipline Problems 45

A In-Class Disruptions: Arguments about lateness, absence, grades, racism, sexism, unfairness; calling out; monopolizing discussions, talking; constant questions; eating; being high; cell phones; verbal abuse; cheating; plagiarism 45

B Campus-wide Disruptions: Threats; violence; carrying weapons; binge drinking; sexual assaults 57

Part II Preventing College Disruptive Behaviors

4 Being Congruent 73

A What Is Being Congruent? 73

B Online Video Demonstration on Congruence 75

C YourSelf-Presentation 75

D Your Course Rules/Procedures 78

E Congruent Delivery/Teaching Methods 79

5 Using the Course Syllabus 81

A Using the Course Syllabus as a "Contract" 81

B What It Should Contain 82

C Examples of Detailed Course Syllabi 82

D Clarifications for Course Syllabi 85

E Guidelines for Student Term Papers 91

6 Engaging Teaching Methods 95

A Teaching Methods: Pitfalls 95

B Repairing Pitfalls: 35 Engagement Methods 96

7 Strengthening Your Assertiveness 107

A Factors that Weaken Assertiveness 107

B Working on Your Blocks to Assertiveness 108

8 Legal Considerations 111

A Search and Seizure 112

B Weapons in Schools 113

C Disabled Students 114

D Dress Codes 114

E Freedom of Speech 114

F Conclusions 114

G Resources 115

9 Training Exercises and Checklist 117

Part III This Book as a Handbook

Appendix A Index of Disruptive Behaviors and Their Solutions 143

Appendix B Questionnaire for Deans, Chairs, and Professors: Assessing Frequency/Kinds of Disruptive Behaviors 147

Appendix C Free Online Consultation with the Author 151

About the Author 153

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