Setting the Tone and Maintaining Professional Conduct in Class
Start and end each class decisively. Develop a routine that students will recognize as a signal that you are about to begin class. Don’t hold students past the allotted time.
Learn how to deal with major disruptions. Don’t allow students’ idle chattering or other distractions to prevent you from achieving your class goals.
Maintain your authority, but be open to discussion about classroom rules and course goals. Expect students to question your requests at times and be prepared to explain the rationale and goals for what you ask them to do.
Avoid attempting to be a buddy to your students. You are on their side and you want to help them, but they are not your peers. Being buddies usually increases the likelihood that students will test your authority in some way.
Be emphatic about not tolerating cheating. Be clear about class policies and punishments and do everything you can to prevent its occurrence. Watch for copying on homework assignments. Proctor quizzes and exams diligently and report instances of suspected cheating and plagiarism directly to the professor.
Be careful in your use of language. Avoid language that is vulgar, profane, suggestive, sexist, racist, homophobic, or xenophobic, even if a student talks that way. See NYU's harassment policy.
Be extremely prudent in social relationships with students and maintain the appropriate professional boundaries.