Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Professors must control their classrooms. From The Boise State Arbiter.
Professors should put a stop to particularly dominating students before their rant takes over the entire class session, but often times they let it happen for far too long.
Christian Winn, a professor in the English department, has dealt with this type of student many times before.
“I’ve had to ban people from talking in class. I’ve had to tell a student to keep quiet for twenty minutes, like a time out kind of thing,” Winn said.
But Winn said stopping the behavior early is vital. “Personally, I am not an interrupting, confrontational person, but I do take the reigns quickly,” he said. “It’s the dance you have to do as a professor, establishing that balance.”
State need to take notes from colleagues like Winn who demonstrate how to effectively avoid students taking control of the class.
Frustration due to a lack of leadership in the classroom can boil over, causing students to tune out of the conversation and develop a distaste for the class.