In my experience at CWRU, the students we have are generally friendly and polite. But all it takes is for one student to be passive-aggressive (sitting sullenly, questioning rudely, challenging aggressively, remarking snidely, indulging in stage-whisper asides) or even being openly hostile or confrontational, to ruin the classroom experience. Even if every other student in the class displays model behavior, one such student can spoils things for not just you but all the students.
n the unfortunate event that such a situation arises, how should one deal with it? Ignore the person and hope they quiet down or go away? Use one's authority to cow them into behaving better? Or are there other options?
At the next UCITE session, we will discuss how to deal with such students.
Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).
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