Testing is a source of major anxiety for most students, and adult learners are no exception. To help ease the tension a bit, I’ve gotten into the habit of throwing atypical questions into my quizzes. Of course, the vast majority of questions are geared towards applying the content. But I also include questions like, “What did you think of this quiz?”
Are you a stickler for discipline? Do restless students and side conversations drive you insane? Here’s my take: You could either swim against the tide, or swim with it. Young adults are fidgety, inattentive, and completely addicted to their cell phones. Granted, you have very, very, very important stuff to tell them. They must know this stuff. They must hear what you have to say. It’s vitally important. Right? I get it.
Do you teach online at all? If so, you’ve got a discussion board set up (or at least, you should). We always want the students to be active and engaged on the discussion board, but when they do, things can get unwieldy pretty fast. Ever had that student who just refuses to hit “Reply” and instead always starts a new thread? That’s irksome. On the flip side, sometimes you get an original post, and then a reply, and then a reply to the reply, and then a reply to that reply. You end up having about 18 nested layers, with the last few being only a few pixels wide. Not cool.