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Handling Classroom Disruptions

Monday, October 10, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


A student’s cellphone buzzes while you’re lecturing. The class snickers as the student checks it and sends a text in front of you. In a classroom discussion, a student uses charged language and other students become visibly distressed. Grades have been posted, and an upset student sends you an email challenging his final project and class grade. What do you do in these situations? How do you handle other challenging classroom disruptions?

This seminar will provide examples of scenarios that can (and will) happen, along with the best (and worst) ways for handling and defusing situations, and best practices for ensuring these scenarios do not occur during your teaching.



Michelle Hardee
TA Training Program Manager, Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student TA programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from USC. Throughout her career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston, and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at USC.



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