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I have learned the difference in myself and my teams teaching managements styles, though they are different in style, we make it work for our students.

The ultimate disciplinary response is to remove a student from the class. The same goes in the employment world students are signed up to enter. However, as instructors, class leaders or managers, it is incumbent for instructors to be resourceful in making every reasonable effort to help a student recover from their woes. Some students might be experiencing external struggles that lead to diminished performance in class. This could be academic performance or episodes of bad behavior. In most instances, the students we are guiding towards becoming productive citizens, are young and lack maturity and critical thinking skills. In this… >>>

Classroom management refers to the wide variety of skills and techniques that teachers use to keep students organized, orderly, focused, attentive, on task, and academically productive during a class. Effective classroom management strategies minimize behaviors that impede learning while maximizing those that facilitate or enhance learning

Generally, in this area it sounds like adult learners do not differ much from middle school. I will simply employ the tactics in my toolbox already like circulating, moving closer to the disruptive students and employing whatever works with the center of attention grabbers. 

Comment on Shelley Freshman's post: I love Icebreakers as well. I also have the students make a tent out of an index card and keep it ono their desk for at least the first week. It helps me learn names and helps them learn each others names as well.

Although perfection is never attainable, it is a good idea to prep for that ideal. My best lecture's are ones that I have extensively prepped for, doing the research inside and outside the textbook, and it shows! By taking the time to prepare, you are assuring as smooth as a delivery as possible. In terms of learned materials, a lecture self critique is a brilliant idea in terms of learning what you need to work on. 

What I've found most helpful in terms of student development, and what this course mentions, is the elimination of a final exam at the end of the module. I've found that most students would call themselves "bad test takers," although their problem really lies in the fact that they are anxious of subjects only covered for a few hours a week. It is easy to have lost information through the cracks of a rapid placement program, and so having to recap the current problems on hand, instead of mountains of information, helps resolve a lot of the anxiety in testing,… >>>

The "Use-It-Wisely" tactic is brilliant! I'll be sure to incorporate it into my class in the days to come. For younger teachers, I recommend that you do not let age get the better hold of you. It is easy for students to want to see you as their peer rather than a figure of authority. In the event that student's begin to cross the line, I will pull them aside and talk to them personally. Never talk to a student in front of a class for this is likely to embarrass them.

It is always a great reminder to use the syllabus as a means of establishing class policies and expectations and not having it stand as just another document the student will experience. The syllabus is, by far, the most important document the student will handle. It establishes the expectations for the entire duration of time you spend with them.

Just as in “real life” there are employees who are “apple polishers,” and “center stagers.” And of course, there are employees that turn in assignments late, don’t adhere to deadlines as well as those employees that are inattentive. This training identifies what exists in the workplace only in different terms. These types of personalities and well-established and anticipated traits should be part of the class/course introduction. To that end, a continuous emphasis on these disruptive characteristics requires emphasis at scheduled and unscheduled intervals during the course. Although the approaches cited to curtailing these behaviors are well-established, it is also necessary… >>>

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