I hosted a session on fostering civility in large courses today.
It seemed to be an appropriate time of the semester to do so: midterms are in full swing,
and probably more than a few students and faculty are feeling that the "honeymoon" phase of the course--when goodwill flows between students and professors--is defintely over.
As you look around your class and notice students sleeping/texting/facebooking/etc. you may think "Sheesh. Seven more weeks of this?! And then there's next semester...will it be like this forever?!"
Not necessarily, writes David Perlmutter in the Chronicle of Higher Education, but the key is to realize civility in the college classroom is a two-way street. Check it out and let us know what you think: