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SIX WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR NONVERBAL COMMUNICATIONS

It is not only what you say in the classroom that is important, but it's how you say it that can make the difference to students. Nonverbal messages are an essential component of communication in the teaching process. Teachers should be aware of nonverbal behavior in the classroom for three major reasons:

  • An awareness of nonverbal behavior will allow you to become better receivers of students' messages.
  • You will become a better sender of signals that reinforce learning.
  • This mode of communication increases the degree of the perceived psychological closeness between teacher and student.

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DIVERSITY AND COMPLEXITY IN THE CLASSROOM CONSIDERATIONS OF RACE, ETHNICITY, AND GENDER

Since the 1960s and the rise of the civil rights movement, American colleges and universities have been engaged in an ongoing debate about how best to enroll, educate, and graduate students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education: women, African Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, Native Americans, American-born students of Asian ancestry, and immigrants. As enrollment statistics show, changes in both the demographics of the applicant pool and college admissions policies are bringing about a measure of greater diversity in entering classes (Levine and Associates, 1990). Learn more


IDEAS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENT RETENTION

The following ideas are a product of a faculty seminar at Jefferson Community College, Kentucky. Sixty-three ideas are presented for faculty use in dealing with retention/attrition. The 63 ideas are subdivided into four general categories. Learn more


TIPS TO IMPROVE INTERACTION AMONG THE GENERATIONS TRADITIONALISTS, BOOMERS, X'ERS AND NEXTERS

The Baby Boomers make up the largest percentage of the population today according to U.S. Census statistics. Boomers consist of people currently between the ages of 37-55 (born between 1947-1965). When we discuss the generations in our society, we can't forget the Boomers' parents. These are the Traditionalists, War Babies or Veterans, who are now older than 55. How about our younger generations? The Generation Xers are people in the 25-36 age group (born between 1966-1977). Last are our youngest citizens, the Nexters or Generation Y, representing people age 7-24 (born between 1978 and 1995). These are the cyber kids who grew up with the Internet, and speed and access to information is something that they are accustomed to. Learn more


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