Teaching & Training

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: Classroom Management

This program will explore the nuances of and identify techniques for how librarians who serve in a teaching capacity (professor, lecturer, instructor) can better manage a classroom.


Classroom management is the process by which teachers and schools create and maintain appropriate behavior of students in classroom settings. The purpose of implementing classroom management strategies is to enhance pro-social behavior and increase student academic engagement. (Source: http://www.apa.org/education/k12/classroom-mgmt.aspx)


Librarians are increasingly assuming instructor roles in more formalized ways due to budget cuts and institutional priorities. Yet statistics and literature show that women and, particularly, (visible and invisible) minority teachers face unique challenges in the classroom (including implicit and explicit biases) and regularly receive lower marks on teacher evaluations.


What best practices, resources and support exist to successfully help librarian-instructors manage their classrooms to ensure a positive and effective experience (particularly in times of social and political unrest).


This program is inspired by the 2017 Austin Annual Meeting Program, Minority Teachers: Expectations, Experiences, and Exultations, while focusing on in-class strategies and techniques.



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