Preventing Disruptive Behavior in Colleges: A Campus and Classroom Management Handbook for Higher Education

Preventing Disruptive Behavior in Colleges: A Campus and Classroom Management Handbook for Higher Education

by Howard Seeman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 160709391X

ISBN-13: 9781607093916

Pub. Date: 12/15/2009

Publisher: R&L Education

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607093916
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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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