Of course, no manual can enumerate every rule of behavior necessary for a community to function. Common sense, good manners, historic precedent and other elements help maintain the University as a community. Set the right tone and expectations at the beginning of the semester and you’ll go far toward forging a strong learning community by semester’s end.

  • Assume the best of your students.
  • Show not only your passion for the discipline and the course subject matter but also for the art of teaching.
  • Model the “good behavior” you want your students to follow in their interactions with you and each other.
  • During the first week, provide an opportunity for students to formulate guidelines for classroom behavior that will serve throughout the semester (see Planning Ahead and the First Day of Class).
  • Remind students why they are there. Ask them to think about the course in the context of the discipline, higher education, and their lives.