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- Learning Students' Names (Joan Middendorf, Director Teaching Resource Center, Indiana University) (PDF )
Do you consider yourself "name-learning challenged?" Do you find it difficult to think of a student's name when the two of you meet? Or is it harder for you to match faces with the names of students on your class roster? Despite the feelings of anxiety associated with learning students' names each semester, many instructors believe that knowing exactly who each student is helps to improve the classroom climate. But many instructors find learning students' names difficult and frustrating. If the classes are large lecture classes, the problem may seem insurmountable. Take heart! There are ways to achieve what seems impossible.
- Addressing Students' Needs: Dealing with Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom (Kathleen McKinney, Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Sociology, Illinois State University)
Instructors have the right to tell a student who is disrupting class to leave the class for THAT particular class period. In extreme cases, campus security can be called to remove the student. Instructors may not remove a student from the whole course (that is, kick them out for the rest of the semester) without due process for the student.
- Classroom Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned Instructor (Alison Bailey and Maura Toro-Morn Illinois State University)
Even the most well-intentioned people make mistakes. As instructors, one of our jobs is to make the classroom a place where all learners feel confident enough to participate. This involves challenging our own assumptions as well as those of our students. One way to do this is to be aware of subtle behaviors that make some students feel unwelcome or excluded. Keep the following in mind when you interact with students.