How Not to Manage Classroom Management

Oct 11, 2011 |  Glenn Ricketts

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How Not to Manage Classroom Management

Oct 11, 2011 | 

Glenn Ricketts

Student rudeness and uncouth classroom conduct are the stuff of legend these days, and it's frequently been covered at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and elsewhere. Many of you, I'm sure, have encountered the familiar litany of offenses, including chronic impunctuality, ongoing conversations during lectures, feet propped up with chips and soda and ......... TEXTING, which really does it for me, maybe because I'm always getting into near-car accidents with inattentive cellphone-a-holics.

So how do you handle this? Most of the "professional" advice I regularly get usually indicates why there's a problem to begin with. Here's a couple of examples sent to me recently, which really require no comment unless it's Are You Kidding? Unfortunately, I don't think that the author is. I'm going to stick with being a martinet and a Man of Steel.

peter lawler

| October 11, 2011 - 12:08 PM

This is actually shameless self-promotion.  I wonder if you could add my blog to your blog roll

Glenn Ricketts

| October 11, 2011 - 1:13 PM

Come again? Are you sure you’ve connected to the right blog?


| October 11, 2011 - 7:57 PM

I bet a lot of them have never been told that that behavior is rude and disrespectful. It’s become so commonplace that a lot of high school teachers and parents have given up correcting it.

Glenn Ricketts

| October 11, 2011 - 8:28 PM

I think that’s part of it, Joe.  But one of the dismaying things you discover when you meet some - make that many - of the parents and teachers is that they don’t think that the kids are rude either.  It’s their “culture,” you see.  Hence the recommendations of the author of these two pieces.