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Title:Student-constructed classroom guidelines: How to involve students in the creation of a tailored classroom environment
Author(s):Vardell, Emily
Subject(s):Classroom guidelines
Classroom environment
Tailored environments
Classroom culture
Abstract:When students begin a new class, they are often given a list of guidelines outlining how the classroom environment should look and how the students (and sometimes the instructors) should behave. These lists impose the instructor’s preferences for classroom behavior on students and may exacerbate the inherent power dynamics at play in a classroom. In addition, instructor-created guidelines may not be sensitive to the cultural needs of students in our increasingly global classrooms. This paper presents a novel way of creating classroom guidelines by asking the students themselves to construct them on the first day of class. The themes that arose from the student-identified desires included respect for others, a safe environment, clear course structure, hands-on activities, course rigor, open food policy, clear explanations, opportunity for movement, and congenial group work. The suggestions offered in this paper can assist instructors in tailoring learning environments to students and creating a safe and inviting classroom culture from day one. Filling a gap in the literature, this work offers suggestions for student-centered classroom guidelines that reflect the desires of the contemporary graduate student.
Issue Date:2019-09-24
Series/Report:Education programs/schools
Teaching faculty
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23

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