Incivility in the Classroom: Strategies to Take Back Control

Handling Annoying, Disruptive, and Dangerous Students

It’s your classroom and you set the rules. But that doesn’t mean students will follow them. If you’re like most instructors you have already encountered students who exhibit annoying, distracting, or even dangerous behaviors. Chances are you will be faced with more of these problem students in your future.

Many see a rise in incivility throughout society, and the college classroom is no different. Difficult students don’t just get under your skin; they also interfere with other students’ abilities to learn. Whether they are texting beneath their desks, carrying on side conversations, or making racist comments in online discussion groups these students damage the educational environment for everyone.

That is why you need effective tools and strategies to manage student behavior. Fortunately you’ll find them in Handling Annoying, Disruptive, and Dangerous Students.

Led by Brian Van Brunt, EdD and Laura Bennett, this 75-minute video seminar will teach participants how to:

  • Identify, distinguish, and categorize various negative student behaviors;
  • Develop unique intervention and management strategies for different kinds of problem behavior, including annoyances, disruptions, and threats of danger;
  • Initiate conversations that lead to positive changes in student behavior;
  • Identify when to report potentially dangerous behaviors to a Behavioral Intervention Team or to other campus departments or offices;
  • Handle emergencies and other high-stress situations;
  • Employ Change Theory techniques;
  • Recognize personal triggers and enact strategies to overcome them;
  • Use persuasion and body language;
  • Defuse, rather than escalate, crisis situations;
  • Identify campus resources and determine when to engage them; and
  • Appropriately document and report incidents when necessary.

This seminar gives you the tools you need to take control of your classroom and to promote learning without judging, alienating, or demonizing students.

When you order the recording of this seminar on CD, you’ll also receive the complete transcript.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

Who will benefit:

  • Faculty—full time, part time, and adjunct
  • Instructors
  • Teaching assistants
  • Deans
  • Department chairs

As if teaching isn’t hard enough, now you have to deal with the added stress incivility brings to the classroom. Learn how to turn problem situations around with a copy of Handling Annoying, Disruptive, and Dangerous Students.

All seminars include a discussion guide for facilitators
Participating in a Magna Online Seminar as a team can help leverage unique insights, foster collaboration, and build momentum for change. Each seminar includes a Discussion Guide for Facilitators which provides step-by-step instructions for generating productive discussions and thoughtful reflection. You’ll also get guidelines for continuing the conversation after the event, implementing the strategies discussed, and creating a feedback loop for sharing best practices and challenges.


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