Academic Resources

Here I present some resources on various topics including pedagogy and classroom management. The impetus for this page was the debate about how to control students and their devices. However, I am using this also as a place to present various pedagogical approaches.

Gender Neutral Pronouns

  • Here is a page where I present some gender neutral pronouns that I use in my classes.

University Department Management

Classroom Facilitation

Originally I called this section “Classroom Management,” but I did not really like the term management. I do not want to manage a classroom. I want to allow framework for a class to self-manage. This is more sustainable that creating rules and enforcing them. I got this idea from many sources ranging from various east Asian philosophers to strategies used by fluvial geomorphologists who are restoring rivers.

Devices in Class

There is a wide range of opinion regarding this topic. First and foremost, I appreciate and respect the opinions of others.

Non Violent Conflict

    My approach comes from my philosophy about conflict resolution, which is rooted in the system of Non Violent Conflict Resolution (NVC). I am not perfect, but this is the strategy that I apply in my daily life, including in the classroom.

  • UNESCO Best Practices on Non-Violent Conflict Resolution in and out of school. Here is the full report in pdf format.
  • International Center for Nonviolent Conflict

Personal Devices

  • When people use personal devices in class, they might interfere with others’ learning. Based on what I know about child development, there becomes a time when it is important to treat a person like an adult, to give them the power to make their own decisions. Without this, they will never learn how to make those decisions on their own, to learn the ramifications of their choices. By the time people are in high school, they are well beyond this phase in development. Some might argue that children are past this phase when they are in junior high school. However this is really based upon the individual.
  • Along these lines, I choose to treat people in my classes like they are adults and are able to make decisions about how they spend their time. I also do not support strategies that are based upon attempting to control others. This is not sustainable and can lead to conflict. I prefer the Judo or Aikido approach of using one’s energy to help them do what I want them to do. I do not think that requiring students to use a cellie in class is fair, as some students do not have cellies. So, when I do this, I make sure to help the students who do not have phones feel like they are not left out.
  • Here are some online sources:

  • NPR: Here strategies are presented that are aligned with my philosophy. Use the phone, don’t fight it.
  • LA Times: “This teacher learned to stop fighting cellphones in the classroom” (rules of engagement)
  • NEA (National Education Association: More examples of using cell phones in class.
  • NEA Today: “As Schools Lift Bans on Cell Phones, Educators Weigh Pros and Cons”
  • Boston Globe: “Schools seek balance for cellphones in class: Are they a teaching tool or a distraction?”
  • kwik boost blog: “Let’s take a look and see why students k-12 should be able to use their cell phones while at SCHOOL.”
  • Concordia: “5 Benefits of Using Cellphones in School: Smartphones as Learning Tools”
  • Edutopia: “How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom”
  • The Atlantic: “Do Cell Phones Belong in the Classroom?”

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