I taught this afternoon the worst class ever. I was very excited about this lecture and I prepared it very well. I was making a lot of activities to catch their interest but I had passive students in front of me whose where not motivated at all.
The second issue is all this back and forth during the lecture. I tolerated this the first hour because I didn't really understand what was going on and once I told them that I am not tolerated this, they complained rudely but I was firm.
Finally, the last issue is laptops. They have all their laptops on and they navigate on the internet, thinking that I am not knowing what they are doing.
I really don't understand why these students attend if they are not interested in a course.
Can you giving some tips? I am teaching introductory course of psychology to 98 students. What are you policies/behavior in case of these situations.
Thanks a lot
Date: 14 Jan 2011 03:42
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Here's a good resource for strategies that were discussed by other faculty members: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/classroom_mgt.htm
Can't stress enough how important a syllabus is for outlining guidelines for appropriate classroom behavior and making students aware of enforcement strategies. This should be discussed thoroughly on the first day of class and enforced swiftly and consistently all semester (doing this early saves more effort later). I think the biggest mistake is that we assume that students in college are more mature than high school students. Some are..but many (especially in introductory courses) are straight out of high school and need to be acclimated to social expectations in college. Good luck!
I'm confused by the fact that you don't like passive students and yet also don't like "back and forth." If you want students to be silent while you lecture at them, then the most likely response is that they will withdraw and direct attention to other things (like surfing the web).
But maybe that is not what you meant? Does "back and forth" refer to students speaking up about a relevant topic (i.e. attempting to participate), or being deliberately disruptive?
Unfortunately, most students in introductory psychology classes aren't interested; they are there to meet a requirement. Your job is to lay as interesting a foundation as you can, engage with those students who are trying to take things further, and for those students who don't care, make your expectations for minimal standards clear and fair.
I took 'back and forth' from the OP to mean students talking to each other during lecture (off-topic). Very common occurrence.
I'm not sure this discussion belongs on the jobs discussion board. I would encourage you to take advantage of the resources that the Society for the Teaching of Psychology has to offer. Check them out at teachpsych.org. There is also a listserv for teachers of psychology where you can post questions like this and lots of expert psychology teachers will provide suggestions. You can subscribe to that at http://list.kennesaw.edu/listserv/wa?A0=PSYCHTEACHER. Good luck.
really sorry about the misunderstanding, by back and forth I meant: going in and out during the lecture and not, of course, sharing their thoughts
Ban laptops and phones from the classroom, make participation mandatory, and give a hard first test (will encourage idiots to drop the course).