How Do I Promote Civil and Thoughtful Engagement in the Classroom?

How Do I Promote Civil and Thoughtful Engagement in the Classroom?


In these days of apps for everything and multi-tasking virtually as a lifestyle, promoting civil and thoughtful engagement in the classroom might seem like an old-fashioned pipe dream.

This Magna 20-Minute Mentor reframes the issue with a fresh approach that’s proven successful at engaging students and establishing vibrant learning communities.

Instead of focusing on problems with incivility and not following rules, this session looks at which behaviors are conducive to learning and which ones aren’t. It will show you how to curb problematic student behaviors, such as texting during class, and leave yourself the flexibility to address legitimate student issues.

The key to working well with modern learners isn’t expanding your syllabus to cover every possible problem, it’s establishing a framework of shared expectations and following through on them. This presentation will show you how.


How Do I Promote Civil & Thoughtful Engagement in the Classroom?

This session will show you 15 proven, practical, and action-oriented tips for engaging students and establishing exciting, positive learning environments. You’ll discover:

  • How to get student buy-in for course policies
  • How to use course structure to communicate expectations
  • How to respond to challenging student behavior and comments
  • How to build flexibility into your course design
  • When it’s most helpful to ask for student feedback on the course
  • Which communication techniques are most effective with modern learners

Rather than turning students against you and your course, these strategies will help you use classroom management to turn students towards learning outcomes—and successful educational experiences.

Learning Goals

After watching this presentation, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe effective classroom management practices for modern learners
  • Employ course design to encourage student engagement
  • Use the recommended teaching methods to help students achieve learning outcomes

Topics Covered

  • Best practices for development and implementation of course policies
  • Techniques for designing courses with built-in flexibility to help students achieve learning outcomes
  • The importance of defining and sharing your expectations for student behavior
  • Setting, describing, and maintaining a tone for your classroom environment
  • Effective responses to student behavior, including challenging behaviors
  • Proactive and productive instructional attitudes for working with modern learners
  • Practicing “concerned indifference” and other techniques for de-escalating conflicts with students


This session is designed for teaching faculty who want to improve interaction with modern learners. Many of you have probably struggled to deal effectively with students who regularly:

  • Skip class
  • Come late to class, or leave early
  • Are unprepared for class
  • Do not participate in class
  • Text during class
  • Adopt an argumentative or confrontational attitude

If you have struggled with these problems, this is the professional development opportunity you’ve been waiting for. This session will show you how to adopt your course structure and teaching strategies to help you grab student attention and keep it.


Clear communication of your expectations, plus a course structure that lets you respond to legitimate student concerns, can help prevent incivility in your classroom. Order this presentation today to add this creative, effective approach to your teaching practices.

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