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Classroom Management

The kinds of experiences that students have with you during the first day of class can set the tone for the entire semester. It is much easier, and often much more rewarding, to invest our time in building and sustaining a positive environment (in order to enhance student engagement and learning) than it is to spend a considerable amount of effort trying to salvage or repair a class. That said, many students who display disruptive behaviors do so because they are bored, disengaged, or simply not aware that their behaviors are disruptive. This session is designed to help you articulate proactive strategies for setting an appropriate tone for your classroom as well as techniques for reducing, reacting to, or remedying disruptive behavior.


Participants will leave this this workshop being able to:

  • Choose from a range of techniques which can help establish a positive environment for learning in the classroom;
  • Identify a range of conditions that might contribute to disruptive behavior or student disengagement;
  • Develop instructional responses to situations in which disruptive behavior might be more likely to occur; and
  • Apply techniques that effectively address disruptive behavior while it is occurring.


  • Amada, G. (1999). Coping with Student Misconduct in the College Classroom: A Practical Model. Asheville, NC: College Administration Publications.
  • Boice, R. (2000). Moderating classroom incivilities. In Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus, pp. 81-98. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Huston, T. (2009). Teaching What You Don't Know. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • McKeachie, W. J. (2002). Problem students (There's almost always at least one!). In McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers (11th ed.), pp. 148-160. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Weimer, M. (2002). The role of the teacher. In Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, pp. 77-94. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • "Classroom Management" list on WorldCat, with links to VCU Libraries' holdings

For more information, contact Phil Edwards (804-827-0533 or pmedwards@vcu.edu).

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