Students in class may exhibit signs which cause concern with faculty members. If you are concerned about one of your students, the following resources may help you to decide what is the best course of action.
Responding To Disruptive Students
Professors set the expectations for classroom behavior. Speak to the student privately to address his/her actions which fail to meet those expectations. If the behavior continues, consult with your Academic Dean and consider referring the student for administrative action to the Dean of Students office (973) 761-9076.
We can also provide any department/school or interested group of faculty with an interactive workshop on how to prevent and respond to a wide variety of student disruptions and disruptive behavior. We'll even provide the refreshments!
Tips for Addressing Disruptive Behavior
- Clearly outline expectations, including non-acceptable behavior in the syllabus.
- Remind the class of your expectations throughout the semester and before a certain behavior or problem escalates.
- Avoid singling out a student in class; a general warning or observation to the class may effectively stop the behavior.
These resources are helpful especially for new faculty members for classroom management tips. These may also help you to recognize signs of distress in your students quickly and efficiently.
- Faculty Checklist: Steps to Respond to Classroom Incivility
- Practical Solutions for Problematic Classroom Behaviors
- Effective Classroom Management – Higher Ed Teaching Strategies
Responding to Disruptive Students in One-on-One Situations