"When a Student Cries" (online article)
This article presents the results of interviews with "several professors. Their responses ran the gamut — from showing deep sympathy and empathy, to dutifully assuming the role of the rigorous professor who holds fast to high academic standards. "
Key Takeaway Points:
"Whatever the source of the problem, there are some best practices that will help you — and your students — as you navigate the rivers of tears. When your students cry, try to:
Practical strategies for learning and correctly pronouncing students' names:
Here are some strategies from the article:
1. "Read a class roster out loud before meeting the class."
- "Note potential difficulties."
- "If the class list has photos, try to match them with the names."
- "Print out the pictures and bring them to class."
2. "Take attendance on the first day in a consistent way with each student, even the ones with seemingly easy names."
A "simple, low-pressure, and effective" strategy to encourage students to tour "the class website without the fear and anxiety that typically accompany assignments and exams.
- Includes the essential elements of an effective Check-in Quiz
"Why Some International Students Are Silent in the U.S. Classroom" (online article)
Explores the experience of "silent students" under five categories:
- A self-reported or analyzed silence in the classroom
- Lack of understanding of academic culture
- Indigenous knowledge sharing/fear of cultural mistake
- Strong beliefs on traditional learning style
- Dynamics of classroom requirement