Civility in the College Classroom

Teaching for Excellence
Spring 2010
 “Being civil means being constantly aware of others
and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration into
the very fabric of this awareness…But it is not just an
attitude of benevolent and thoughtful relating to other
individuals; it also entails an active interest in the wellbeing of our communities and even a concern for the
health of the planet on which we live.”
 -P.M. Forni, Choosing Civility
 1.) Annoyances
 a. arriving to class late
 2.) Classroom terrorism
 a. monopolizing classroom time with personal agendas
 3.) Intimidation of the instructor
 a. threatening negative course evaluations
 4.) Attacks on a person or person’s psyche.
 a. threats of physical violence
 Feldman, L. J. (2001). “Classroom civility is another of our instructor
responsibilities.” College Teaching 49: 137-140.
1.) Be specific.
a. Outline and list specific prohibited behaviors in your
2.) Be consistent.
a. Follow through on consequences.
3.) Be a model.
a. Start class on time.
b. Be neat in appearance.
4.) Reduce anonymity.
a. Know your students’ names.
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