Dave and I talk about how to deal with students that we perceive as difficult, engaging them in the learning experiences in higher ed.
Engaging difficult students in higher ed
Guest: Dave Stachowiak
Dave and I talk about how to engage students that we perceive as difficult. We start by describing the dangers in labeling people as difficult.
Be cautious about focusing on the more challenging students, at the expense of the learner who is engaged and desiring to learn.
Dave tells a story about how his chemistry teacher created a memorable experience for his students.
Distinguishing students who don't want to be there, but aren't distracting other students from learning, and those who are barriers to others' learning.
Help students save face, when possible.
Attempt to keep conversations one-on-one, unless there's a compelling reason that the dialog needs to happen in the classroom community.
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[reminder]What do you think about when you're driving down the road? How do you try to engage your more difficult students?[/reminder]