The Nuts and Bolts of Classroom Management: How to Teach Like a Pro

Delaney J. Kirk, Drake University  

July 17-19, 2003 in Seattle, WA

Course Description

While most “new” teachers are comfortable with the course content of what they are teaching, many do not feel they have been prepared in "how" to teach.  Especially lacking is how to manage a classroom (how to handle absenteeism, tardiness, cheating, difficult students; how to set classroom expectations; how to write an effective syllabus, etc). 

Dr. Kirk has 20+ years of teaching experience (learned the hard way sometimes), and numerous years of experience leading workshops on teaching at various academic conferences.  This workshop will focus on various issues of classroom management beginning with that ever crucial first day of class.  The three-day workshop will include issues such as:

·       How to establish and maintain your credibility as the instructor from day one

·       What to do that first crucial day of class to set class expectations

·       How to convince students that your class is critical to their future success

·       How to motivate students to take responsibility for their success or failure in class

·       What classroom policies to include in your syllabus

·        How to deal with those difficult students who come in late, disrupt class,

sleep in class, dominate the class discussion, turn papers in late, etc.

·       Pros and Cons of using teams/how to assign teams, grade assignments, and deal with complaints that team members are not doing their share

·       How to prevent cheating and how to handle it if it does occur

·       How to get responsible and useful feedback from students to improve your teaching

In addition, participants of this interactive workshop are encouraged to bring their questions about classroom management and also share what has and has not worked in the past for them.  At the end of the workshop, you should feel more confident about your ability to manage your classroom.

This workshop would be particularly useful to those faculty members who are beginning their teaching career, new faculty the first few years out of their educational programs or experienced faculty with questions as to how to manage this “new” generation of college students.  In general, if you want to improve your classroom evaluations and become a better classroom manager, this workshop is for you.


For college instructors in all fields.  Prerequisites:  none

Delaney Kirk is a Professor of Management at Drake University with over 20 years of teaching experience in both large and small, public and private universities.  Dr. Kirk has conducted teaching colloquiums at various conferences including the Southwest Academy of Management from 1997-2001 and was selected for the prestigious Drake University Board of Governor’s “Excellence in Teaching” Award.  She is currently writing a book on classroom management.

Location information

See above

This course will be held on or near the University of Washington campus. University of Washington dorm accommodations are available for this course. Link to UW Housing/Dorms for more information.


To Register

Please go to the National Chautauqua site at the University of Pittsburgh site to apply. Registrations cannot be confirmed without payment.


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