PREVENTING DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR IN COLLEGES
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Table of Contents
Index of disruptive behaviors; Solutions for Deans, Chairs, Professors, Adjuncts; Tools to Assess Frequency/Kinds of Disruptions on your Campus and Classes; Checklists & Training Exercises to Prevent Problems; Free Video Demonstrations, and Free Online Consultation with the author.
How to Prevent and Handle:
Absence; Accusing you of being unfair, racist, sexist; Binge drinking; Children to class; Calling out; Weapons; Cell phones; Challenging you; Cheating; Constant questions; Cursing; Digressions; Discipline problems; Dress codes; Drugs; Doing other work in class; Eating in class; Excuses; Fighting; Freedom of Speech; Grading arguments; Harassment; Inappropriate demands; Interrupting you; Ipods; Lateness; The Learning Disabled; Leaving class early; Late/missing homework; Monopolizing the discussion; Not paying attention; Plagiarism; Profanity; Seating arrangements; Sexual assaults; Sleeping in class; Talking when you are teaching; Tapping pencils/pens; Text messaging; Threats; Verbal Abuse; Withdrawn Students...and more.
Over 50% of K-12 teachers leave the profession in five 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/professors are now finding disruptive behaviors in their college classrooms. This book helps college instructors not just handle, but 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 better Course Syllabus that curtails problems; and training exercises to practice these skills. The best time to solve a problem is before it starts.
- 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 of what to do when their students begin to "act up.” I highly recommend this work to especially adjuncts, and to professors as well.
— Ira Altman, Adjunct Professor, Iona College, Purchase College, Suffolk County Community College, SUNY, has taught disadvantaged undergraduates, minorities, immigrants, senior citizens, police, health professionals…at universities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for four decades.
- 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 Dr. 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 30 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.
— Prof. Rosalyn Baxandall, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Chair since 1996, American Studies/Media and Communications Dept., Old Westbury College, State University of New York
- 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.
— Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., ABPP, LMFT, RDT/BCT, Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy Dept., Central Connecticut State University; licensed psychologist; teacher/supervisor in Marriage and Family Therapy. His understanding and experience of higher education problems spans seven colleges and universities, and extensive consultant services across the U.S. since 1969.
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