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  • 1. Civility in the Classroom: Changing a Culture Barbara A. Frey, D.Ed. Penn State Schuylkill August 18, 2010
  • 2. Classroom Incivility Common courtesy is anything but common.
  • 3. Incivility in Congress • Name calling • Vulgarity • Hyperbole • Lying
  • 4. Classroom Incivility
  • 5. Academic Preparedness Trading Schools
  • 6. Classroom Incivility Step Forward – Step Back • Take one step forward if there were more than 50 books in your house. • Take one step back in you were raised by someone other than one of your parents. • Take one step forward …
  • 7. Classroom Incivility Shouldn’t students learn appropriate classroom behavior in their home, school, or community?
  • 8. Consumerism
  • 9. Most Frequent Disruptive Behaviors at IUP 1. Arriving late and leaving early 2. Talking to others at inappropriate times 3. Text messaging 4. Packing or unpacking backpack 5. Eating 6. Letting phone ring 7. Sleeping 8. Using laptops for unrelated tasks
  • 10. Disruptive Student Behavior Relationship Frequency Seriousness
  • 11. Disruptive Student Behavior Relationship Amount of Training Frequency of Behaviors
  • 12. Classroom Incivility 1. Know the literature 2. Know your students 3. Know yourself and your institution
  • 13. Who has more problems with disruptive students? • Men or Women? • Adjunct or Assistant Professors? • Minority or Caucasian Professors? • Professors who teach Electives or Required courses? • Professors who teach primarily freshman/sophomores or juniors/seniors?
  • 14. Syllabus Policies
  • 15. Classroom Disruptions “I can’t think when you are talking!”
  • 16. Out of the mouths of students…..
  • 17. Teacher Behaviors • Learn names • Treat students with respect • Move around the room • Use appropriate humor • Use enthusiastic delivery style • Use positive body language • Answer questions • Use visuals, stories, and examples • Stay after class • Invite guest speakers
  • 18. Know Your Students Highlands School District
  • 19. Know Your Students Fresno School District
  • 20. Classroom Incivility Lessons Learned 1. Know your students 2. Move around the classroom 3. Plan a structure lesson 4. Use the resources available to you
  • 21. Know Yourself Rate My Professor
  • 22. Reflect on Your Experiences • What? • When? • Why? • How?
  • 23. Classroom Incivility Have a Plan 1. Don’t yell 2. Don’t lose control 3. Don’t touch 4. Don’t make sarcastic remarks
  • 24. Keep your standards high! You’re all in this together!
  • 25. Know Your Institution Penn State Principles 1. I will respect the dignity of all individuals within the Penn State community. 2. I will practice academic integrity. 3. I will demonstrate social and personal responsibility. 4. I will be responsible for my own academic progress and agree to comply with all University policies.
  • 26. Changing a Culture
  • 27. Classroom Incivility Conclusion “I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration….. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated.” -- Haim Ginott Psychologist and teacher
  • 28. Classroom incivility is too damaging to ignore and too important to give up.
  • 29. Thank you!