Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Countering Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Countering Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom

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It is critical for all faculty to understand how and when to take action against unacceptable classroom behaviors. Incivilities not only interfere with other students' learning, but can sometimes escalate to life threatening situations. Faculty can minimize uncivil behavior in the classroom in three ways:

Create Behavior Standards. On the first day of class or in the syllabus, explicitly state what conduct will be expected of the students and what is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Enforce Consistent Standards of Behavior. Promptly address any behavior problems. Discuss the situation with the individual involved privately, or with the class if there are several people involved. Refer the student or students to a campus official or counselor if appropriate. …

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