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Dealing with Student Behaviors That Compromise Learning

Policies alone will not elicit the best work from your students. However, there are ways to help your students recognize how their behaviors affect their grades and their overall success. This seminar shows you how to adjust your teaching style and assignments to keep your students focused before, during, and after class.

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A Better Way to Change Student Behavior

Students can be their own worst enemies. Deep down, most of them want to do well. They want to succeed in college and in their careers.

Yet many students have some bad habits that undermine their learning, such as texting instead of taking notes; turning in assignments late; and coming to class sporadically and unprepared. Whats worse is that many do not even see the extent of the harm they are doing. They are sabotaging their futures and they don’t even know it.

Of course, you can see both the behaviors and the inevitable consequences. No matter what you write in the syllabus or how many times you remind them that their behavior will catch up with them, this scenario plays out the same way every term. Students self-sabotage, they underperform, and then they blame the school, the course, or the instructor for their own poor decisions.

There are many things you can do to help students get out of their own way so they can learn and achieve more.

Dealing with Student Behaviors That Compromise Learning is a Magna 40-Minute Seminar that prepares you to adjust your current teaching and adopt new practices that will help students assume more responsibility for their own learning and achieve greater success in their coursework.

Learning Goals

In just 40 minutes, this seminar prepares you to modify your teaching in ways that can transform student behavior.

After this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Develop assignments and activities that help students see why some behaviors hurt their efforts to learn
  • Identify and use instructional strategies and teacher behaviors that help students become more self-directed learners
  • Implement assignment characteristics that minimize negative learning behaviors, such as procrastination, coming to class unprepared, and submitting subpar work

Topics Covered

Behavior policies alone do not motivate students to present their best selves and do their best work.

This seminar shows you what you can do to motivate your students to come to class prepared, on time, and ready to learn—on a regular basis. These strategies are accessible, adaptable, and actionable. You can put them to use immediately in the courses you already teach, regardless of discipline, level, or school.

More specifically, participants learn to:

  • Incorporate immediacy behaviors—including calling students by name, moving around the room, gesturing, and more—to foster student interest and engagement
  • Employ strategies, such as homework logs and contract grading, that encourage students to arrive prepared
  • Integrate technology into your instruction as a way to discourage technology distractions
  • Adopt specific teaching behaviors that foster attendance
  • Identify and utilize teaching approaches that minimize student procrastination and promote high effort


This interactive seminar will be particularly valuable to faculty, faculty developers, and student support staff interested in alternative strategies that promote student responsibility for learning.

Dealing with Student Behaviors That Compromise Learning is intended for the following:

  • Assistant, associate, and full professors
  • Teaching center directors
  • Faculty development consultants
  • Adjunct faculty
  • Lecturers
  • Instructors
  • Graduate teaching assistants


What if you could change some of the things that you do in the classroom to naturally change the way your students behave in-and even out of-the classroom? Order this program today and do just that.

Product Code: PC15MA

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.

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