Dear Dr. Kirk:
Hello. I am currently in the process of developing a faculty training workshop at my university and would like to know how you handle students who text in class, use cell phones and laptops. I am presenting this topic in my training and would like to know a few strategies. Thank you!! Lisa
Good question. We are having these classroom management issues at all universities. It seems to be a reflection of today’s society that college students think they can text, read, talk to each other, etc., and still listen to your lecture and class discussions.
It’s important to decide on your classroom policies, communicate these in writing on your syllabus and in person the first day, and then to follow up asap when someone doesn’t comply. I tell my students I’m letting them know my pet peeves right up front, something they would want their boss to do so that they don’t get fired! I also tell them I’m modeling behavior to be successful in the workplace—you wouldn’t text in a meeting with your boss.
Here are a couple essays I’ve written on the topic that you might find of interest.
How To Talk to Student Who Doesn't Follow Class Policies (This one targets tardy students but could be adjusted for other types of undesired behaviors).
Good luck with your workshop! Dr. Kirk