At one point or another in your teaching career, you’re likely to encounter classroom management challenges. Some of the most common include:
- What to do when students are talking amongst themselves in class when their attention should be focused on you or a classmate who is speaking about the topic at hand.
- How to handle students arriving late to class missing out on key learning and disrupting the lesson as they enter the room.
- How to encourage widespread participation (especially when one or two students are eager to share and tend to dominate conversations with their voices and perspectives).
- What to do when students seem to disrespect rules that you’ve set.
- What to do when students offer incorrect, or only partially correct answers to large group discussion questions you’ve asked.
- How to handle last-minute extension requests when it’s unclear whether students have a compelling reason or not for falling behind.
Our team has created this video role-play for you, where you can see (fictional) faculty member Wanda Tyler-Burns, consulting with Teaching and Learning Consultant Dr. Lauren Spring about some of these common challenges. We hope you find the advice and scripts Lauren offers helpful.
This role-play video was created by Teaching and Learning Consultants Lauren Spring and Adrienne Vanthuyne.
The main topics covered in this video are:
- The 3 golden rules for classroom management and strategies for upholding them. (01:00-16:10)
- Why it’s better to get curious, compassionate, and creative instead of angry when classroom management challenges arise; how to uphold a positive environment. (16:10-29:24)
- How to teach the students you have–not the ones you may have envisioned! (29:25- 33:09)
- Strategies for navigating student participation conundrums and extension requests. (33:10-45:40)