Furthermore, the millennial generation brings to college a whole new set of values, sometimes quite at odds with the values of previous generations, which can create some friction. In particular, some sociologists point out that some students seem to watch a lecture the same way they watch TV.
Professors disagree with students about what counts as uncivil behavior, apart from a few egregious situations. Moreover, there is significant disagreement among different professors, as there is among students. Two factors mainly predict classroom incivilities. The choice of motivators.
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Instructors who use negative motivators e. Instructors exhibiting few immediacy behaviors experience significantly more incivilities compared to instructors who exhibit several of those behaviors. In other words, if students perceive the instructor has disengaged from the course and from their learning experience, they disengage in turn, exhibiting the attendant problematic behaviors.
Other factors correlate negatively with incivilities, including perceived worth of teaching, clarity and organization, and pacing.
Possible Strategies Based on these findings and a comprehensive literature review, Sorcinelli suggests 4 principles to reduce incivilities. Define expectations at the outset. Define your policies on the syllabus. Clearly articulating your policies and their rationale in a respectful tone can curb undesirable behaviors.
See the page on writing the syllabus for more considerations on tone. This link provides some language for policies such as cell-phone and laptop usage. Make good use of the first day of class. Use the first day to create the right climate for productive interaction. Follow this link for more on the first day of class. Allow student participation in setting ground rules. Having students participate in setting the rules for classroom behavior and interaction might not be feasible for every class but it has the benefit of making the students more invested in the rules.
Use that list as a starting point for your ground rules. You, of course, retain final decision power. Decrease anonymity. You can try several techniques to build connections with students: Learn and use names consistently. You can request a photo roster from the HUB, which will make it easier to associate names to faces.
Learn a few more names every day, and let students know that you are trying to memorize their names in the first weeks. Engage students one-on-one. Use the time right before and after class to make small talk with students. Ask about the weekend, or the homework, or common interests. Some professors schedule lunches with small groups of students throughout the semester to get to know them and to present themselves as more approachable.
Take advantage of office hours. The one-on-one nature of office hours greatly augments possibilities for interaction, even in larger classes. Some professors have a mandatory office hour during the first week, which they use to meet the students individually and to make themselves available for help when needed. Seek feedback from students. Encourage active learning.
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Her Teaching and Learning Fellowship in led to staff and student handbooks and guidance for oral assessment. Her research continues to include the viva voce together with oral assessment as inclusive curriculum. Intellect Writing PAD Heather has worked with students from diverse backgrounds to produce oral material against grading descriptors in Sound Design, Fashion, Fine Art and Photojournalism.
In working towards InCurriculum she has delivered a cross college elective; oral presentations and hopes that freedom of choice within assessment will help to create inclusive curriculum.
She has a clinic in Cambridge specialising in specific learning difficulties and perceptual difficulties. In addition to working with clients she remains actively involved in academic research. She acts as Consultant Psychologist to Dyslexia Action and for many years was a lecturer in brain- behaviour relationships at London University. Beverley's most recent work includes the neurology and psychology of learning styles.
Beverley is chair of the Arts Dyslexia Trust www. This was until he discovered he was good at art and design, which he excelled in, and importantly this was beyond the level of his non-dyslexic peers. This was his salvation, and allowed him to go to Art College university to gain a BA Hons in Graphic Design, and was the start of a 19 year career as a graphic designer in banks, advertising companies, magazine and travel companies The need to be better prepared for his own children, if they developed dyslexic, led him to undertake an MPhil, a part-time research masters in dyslexia and emotional coping This was the start of a transition into SEN special educational needs.
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First as a disability employment adviser for Remploy and secondly training to be a teacher He was then asked to write chapters for two books on Women and Depression and Children and Depression both from a dyslexia perspective. The book chapters were the start of Neil's in-depth research into the human side to dyslexia, leading to a sole authored book entitled Dyslexia and Depression: The Hidden Sorrow and editing a book on Dyslexia and Mental Health: from Differing Perspectives His Dyslexia and Depression book lead him into researching and sole authoring a book on Dyslexia: Dating, Marriage and Parenthood which continued his work on the human aspects of dyslexia.
As a typical dyslexic he has many knowledge areas: art, design, photography and writing. He wanted to investigate such positive aspects by editing Dyslexia and Creativity: from Differing Perspectives , which like his other edited book, aimed to bring many researchers, educators and scientists together to brainstorm differing topics, many such contributors were professors and leaders in their fields, from the UK, US, Brazil, Italy, Finland and Sweden. He is now promoting the books by Alex Nile, a dyslexic fiction author, who also writes on the human aspects of dyslexia, but in a more user friendly media paperback and kindle via amazon.
He sees this as important to convey that dyslexia is never cured, but develops throughout the life of individuals. In he was a SEN Teacher Dyslexia Specialist in a mainstream East London School, developing a dyslexia policy for the school and teaching and mentoring severe dyslexics in a range of subjects, along with students with visual and hearing impairments. He is now 'Head of Learning Support' at a prestigious public school in North London, where he is developing new skills in supporting dyslexic students, and managing dyslexia policies.
This book is aimed at teachers and educational professionals. Neil Alexander-Passe Mobile: Email: neilpasse aol. Author of 'Dyslexia: Dating, Marriage and Parenthood. Book Editor of 'Dyslexia and Creativity'. Book Editor of 'Dyslexia and Mental Health'. Vivien Guy : Personlised Learning Expert Vivien has developed specialised personalised learning programmes focusing on a holistic approach to pastoral support. She has considerable experience as senior FE manager with strategic responsibility for the leadership and development of tutorial and enrichment provision for year olds and adult learners, providing differentiated strategies and resources to meet a wide spectrum of learning styles and needs.
Her work has consistently received recognition from OFSTED for good practice in embedding peer-mentoring; for the extensive range of enrichment activities helping to improve learner self-awareness and self-confidence, for innovative project work that promotes diversity and the strong focus on meeting Every Child Matters themes during tutorials. Vivien's experience as college corporation member, chair of performance committee and local government councillor contributing to education policy in Merton has underpinned her shaping of the tutorial infrastructure that supports learner progress.
She has: Driven up quality and consistency of tutorial delivery and contributed to improved retention and achievement, particularly among targeted disadvantaged learners; Contributed to the LSIS online pastoral training package, Supporting Learners to Succeed and written on diversity and community cohesion for LSN publications; Developed a nationally recognised cross-college Diversity competition promoting and creative recognition for learners; Created an integrated online enrichment database to motivate learners and recognise positive contribution; Developed the online ILP to ensure learner ownership of targets and optimum access to enrichment.
In he devised Video Notes, which uses video screen capture software for Windows PC and Apple Macs to capture training sessions for clients to look back at, when needing a recap post sessions.
Diagnosed with Dyslexia in the 2nd year of his degree, Joseph has developed effective coping strategies which he shares with the people he works with, whilst helping them develop their own. His own reflection on his personal experiences of transforming his own neuro-blocks to learning means he understands the needs of people he works with intuitively.
His reading speed has quadrupled since learning the SuperReading technique which he is excited about coaching others in. He is qualifying as a dyslexia diagnostician, and researches further into Dyslexia, Dyspraxia ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and promotes the ideology that is Neurodiversity. Joseph has also worked as a youth worker for Lambeth, Croydon and Southwark, working with young offenders and young people with behaviour difficulties.
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