You have finished your Ph.D. and landed your first academic job. Scanning the fine print, you realize the introductory class you have been assigned to teach is being held in an auditorium. A really big auditorium. Panic begins to set in…. In this handy and practical book, Elisa Carbone offers a wealth of sound advice on how to deal with a large class, from the first day to end-of-semester evaluations. Full of examples taken from many different disciplines, Teaching Large Classes will be an ideal companion for any teacher facing the challenge of the large introductory class.
Chapter 9: Managing Student Behavior
Managing Student Behavior
Ignore them as they leave the room or chase after them and demand to know why they're cutting out early? Develop a foolproof method of taking daily attendance, or let students decide on their own attendance habits? Outlaw the student newspaper or figure if they're going to read it someplace, why not in the upper tiers of your lecture hall?
There are no cut-and-dried answers about how to manage a large class, but discussing the various methods of classroom management can prove very fruitful. In a brainstorming session held with UMCP faculty, we focused on the student behavior problems most often encountered in the large classroom and came up with some possible solutions.
Faculty agreed on a number of elements of ...