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10 Tips for Building a Culture of Civility in the Classroom

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10 Tips for Building a Culture of Civility in the Classroom

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Shannon Burton
10 Tips for Building a Culture of Civility in the Classroom

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Author :
Shannon Burton

(If you model civility, your students will too.)

  1. Generate an atmosphere of trust.
  2. Keep appointments and office hours.
  3. Demonstrate enthusiasm for the course and the subject.
  4. Review course expectations through the syllabus.
  5. Consider asking students to establish rules of behavior.
  6. Be responsive to student questions.
  7. Provide quality feedback, consider grading rubrics.
  8. Model inclusive language that acknowledges student differences.
  9. Decrease anonymity by learning students’ names.
  1. Encourage active learning.

 

Why civility?

Promoting civility in the classroom environment promotes a safe environment that is conducive to learning. An environment that is conducive to learning is one where students are able to focus on what is being taught – in other words to learn.

 

KNOW…

 

The Code of Teaching Responsibility

“Satisfaction of teaching responsibilities by instructional staff members (herein referred to as instructors) is essential to the successful functioning of a university. This University conceives these responsibilities to be so important that performance by instructors in meeting the provisions of this Code shall be taken into consideration in determining salary increases, tenure, and promotion.”

 

For the full policy, please visit:

http://splife.studentlife.msu.edu/regulations/selected/code-of-teaching-responsibility  

 

If you have questions,

Please contact the University Ombudsperson at ombud@msu.edu or (517) 353-8830

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