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MANAGING DISRUPTIVE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR PREVENTION STRATEGIES, EARLY INTERVENTION, AND EMERGENCY MEASURES Dr. Frank Babcock Dean of Student Services Dale.

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1 MANAGING DISRUPTIVE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR PREVENTION STRATEGIES, EARLY INTERVENTION, AND EMERGENCY MEASURES Dr. Frank Babcock Dean of Student Services Dale Mabry Campus August 2004

2 CATEGORIES OF STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR ABERRANT OR IMMATURE BEHAVIOR  REBELLIOUS  EMOTIONAL INTIMIDATING OR AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR TOWARD THE PROFESSOR CLASSROOM BULLIES DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

3 STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR  ARRIVING LATE  EATING OR DRINKING  TALKING ON CELL PHONES  BRINGING CHILDREN TO CLASS DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS

4 DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR  CONDUCTING SIDE CONVERSATIONS  OFFENSIVE COMMENTS TO INSTRUCTOR OR OTHER STUDENTS  MAKING IMPUDENT REMARKS  CONSISTENTLY DISAGREEING

5 STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR  DEFIANT POSTURING  OBSCENE GESTURES  HOSTILE ARGUING  CHALLENGING  MENACING PHYSICAL POSTURING  INTIMIDATING STATEMENTS TOWARD THE INSTRUCTOR INTIMIDATING OR AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIORS TOWARD THE PROFESSOR

6 STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR  HIJACKING THE CLASS  RUDE  INSULTING  UNCIVIL  IRRITATING BEHAVIOR TOWARDS CLASSMATES  INTERFERING WITH TEACHING AND LEARNING CLASSROOM BULLIES

7 STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR  ACTING IN A BIZARRE MANNER  ACTING SPACED OUT  UNDER CHEMICAL INFLUENCE  ENGAGING IN EXHIBITIONISM  EMOTIONAL RESPONSES  MAKING IRRATIONAL, INAPPROPRIATE, UNRELATED STATEMENTS ABERRANT OR IMMATURE BEHAVIOR

8 POSSIBLE CAUSES  PURCHASING A COMMODITY  DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY  DEMAND COURSES BE TAUGHT ON THEIR TERMS STUDENTS OFTEN ENTER COLLEGE WITH A “CONSUMER MENTALITY” STUDENTS BELIEVE THAT THEIR BEHAVIOR HAS NO BEARING ON THEIR FUTURE SUCCESS

9 POSSIBLE CAUSES STUDENTS BRING THEIR HIGH SCHOOL BEHAVIOR TO COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE NEVER BEEN CONFRONTED BY THEIR INSTRUCTORS FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR STUDENTS RESORT TO INTIMIDATION TO RELIEVE STRESS

10 UNDERPREPARED STUDENTS STUDENTS HAVE BLURRED PERCEPTIONS OF BOUNDARIES BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND COLLEGE FACULTY/STAFF MANY FACULTY AVOID EXPLICIT RULES TO AVOID LOOKING TOO RIGID

11 COLLEGE EDUCATION HAS BECOME A MEANS TO AN END IN IT SELF HIGH TECH WORLD MAY RESULT IN STUDENTS WITH MORE LIMITED SOCIAL SKILLS

12 THE MILLENNIAL FACTOR STUDENTS ENTER COLLEGE WITH MORE EXPOSURE TO ADULT WORLD THAN PREVIOUS GENERATION STUDENTS RECEIVE EXPOSURE TO VAST LEVEL OF INFORMATIONAL ACTIVITY STUDENTS ARE EXPERIENCING HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS AND ANXIETY MORE STUDENTS ARE WORKING PART TIME

13 STUDENTS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY PROFICIENCY STUDENTS HAVE AMBITIOUS CAREER ASPIRATIONS BUT UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS STUDENTS AWARE OF THE RULES BUT SEEK TO FIND WAYS AROUND THEM “CHEATING IS OK IF YOU DO NOT GET CAUGHT”

14 PREVENTION STRATEGIES  PHONES AND BEEPERS OFF  NO LEAVING CLASS FOR CALLS  NO BATHROOM BREAKS  NO SIDE CONVERSATIONS  NO SLEEPING PROVIDE A CLEAR SET OF RULES

15 PREVENTION STRATEGIES  QUESTIONS TO BE DIRECTED TOWARD THE INSTRUCTOR  NO READING UNRELATED MATERIALS  TAKE ATTENDANCE AND LEARN STUDENT NAMES  NO USE OF LAPTOPS EXCEPT FOR COURSE WORK  PROVIDE RULES BOTH VERBALLY AND IN WRITING

16 PREVENTION STRATEGIES SERVE AS A ROLE MODEL FOR THE CONDUCT YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR STUDENTS START CLASS ON TIME END CLASS ON TIME

17 EARLY INTERVENTION DO NOT DEAL WITH STUDENTS WHEN YOU ARE EMOTIONAL DO NOT DEAL WITH STUDENTS WHEN THEY ARE EMOTIONAL

18 INTERVENE EARLY  PRACTICE GOOD COMMUNICATION  SPEAK WITH STUDENT IN PRIVATE AFTER CLASS TO DISCONTINUE DISRUPTIONS  BE SPECIFIC ABOUT CONCERNS

19  FOCUS ON HOW BEHAVIORS AFFECT YOU AND OTHER STUDENTS  PROVIDE SUGGESTIONS OR DIRECTIVES  CONSIDER A DIFFERENT SEAT EARLY INTERVENTION INTERVENE EARLY

20 BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS  REFOCUS ATTENTION BY RESTATING RELEVANT POINTS  RE-DIRECT QUESTIONS TO THE CLASS  ASK HOW TOPIC RELATES TO THE CURRENT TOPIC  “Would you summarize your main point please?” RAMBLING

21 BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION  CHANGE TEACHING STRATEGIES FROM GROUP DISCUSSIONS TO WRITTEN EXERCISES  PROVIDE STRONG REINFORCEMENT FOR ANY CONTRIBUTION  INVOLVE DIRECTLY BY ASKING A QUESTION  MAKE EYE CONTACT SHYNESS OR SILENCE

22 BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION  ACKNOWLEDGE COMMENTS MADE  GIVE LIMITED TIME TO EXPRESS VIEWPOINTS AND THEN MOVE ON  MAKE CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PERSON  PROVIDE ATTENTION AFTER CLASS OR DURING BREAKS  “THAT’S AN INTERESTING POINT. LET’S SEE WHAT OTHERS THINK!” TALKATIVENESS

23 BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION  ADMIT THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER AND REDIRECT THE QUESTION TO THE GROUP OR THE PERSON ASKING  ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS A JOINT LEARNING EXPERIENCE  IGNORE THE BEHAVIOR SHARPSHOOTING

24 BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION  REDIRECT QUESTION TO GROUP OR SUPPORTIVE INDVIDUALS  RECOGNIZE PARTICIPANT’S FEELINGS AND MOVE ON  ACKNOWLEDGE POSITIVE POINTS  “IT LOOKS LIKE WE DISAGREE” HECKLING/ARGUING

25 BEHAVIOR INTERVENTON  REMAIN CALM AND POLITE  KEEP YOUR TEMPER IN CHECK  DON’T DISAGREE, BUT BUILD ON OR AROUND WHAT IS SAID  MOVE CLOSER TO THE PERSON, MAINTAINING EYE CONTACT  TALK TO HIM/HER PRIVATELY  IGNORE BEHAVIOR  ASK HIM/HER TO LEAVE OVERT HOSTILITY

26 Student Code of Conduct and Classroom Behavior

27 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  CAUSING PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM  INTERFERING WITH NORMAL COLLEGE ACTIVITIES  VERBAL OR PHYSICAL DISRUPTION OF TEACHING  INTERFERING WITH THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION PROHIBITED CONDUCT

28 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE DIRECTION OF COLLEGE OFFICALS  ALL FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY  LEWD, INDECENT, OR OBSCENE CONDUCT, FACE TO FACE USE OF FIGHTING WORDS, AND/OR PROFANE EXPRESSIONS PROHIBITED CONDUCT

29 NEXT STEPS  INFORM STUDENT HE/SHE CANNOT RETURN TO CLASS WITHOUT A LETTER FROM THE DEAN  PROMPTLY INFORM THE DEAN OF THE ISSUES, SO THAT DEAN IS PREPARED TO SPEAK WITH STUDENT YOU MAY REDIRECT DISRUPTIVE STUDENTS TO THE DEAN OF STUDENTS’ OFFICE

30 CRISIS MANAGEMENT  SECURITY WILL COME TO ESCORT STUDENT FROM CLASS  STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS BROUGHT TO THE DEAN OF STUDENTS’ OFFICE  COMMUNICATE WITH DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED  DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES WILL COMMUNICATE WITH THE FACULTY REGARDING RETURN TO CLASS CALL SECURITY FOR ASSISTANCE

31 QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ?


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