Top 10 Student Pet Peeves: Improve Teaching, Learning & Engagement Through Understanding
Every institution wants to provide quality instruction to its students. Despite formal student evaluations of teaching or websites that allow students to rate their professors anonymously, it is sometimes difficult to capture subtle student complaints. Though often appearing superficial or inconsequential, these student “pet peeves” can become distractions and impediments to learning and student engagement. Pet peeves such as “he always licks his fingers before passing out papers” or “I can’t stand when she writes so small on the board” may be seen merely as petty annoyances, but they can nevertheless negatively impact student success (and are in fact, very easy to remedy).
Students often communicate informally with one another about their pet peeves regarding particular instructors. But what if you could be a “fly on the wall” and know how undergraduates feel about your course and instruction? And what if you could address those pet peeves and improve teaching, learning, and student engagement? This webinar, co-taught by a veteran college professor and a recent college graduate, will share ten undergraduate instructional pet peeves and instructor recommendations on how to remedy them.
- Identify ten common instructional pet peeves of undergraduate students
- Examine how these pet peeves may be present in your classrooms
- Understand specific instructor behaviors that can be altered to improve teaching effectiveness
- Construct a plan to enhance students’ overall classroom experience
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Vice President of Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
“What if you could be a ‘fly on the wall’ and know how undergraduates really feel about your classes and instruction? Wouldn’t you want to do something about those pet peeves and improve teaching, learning, and student engagement?.”
Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke is a clinical psychologist, mental health consultant, and retired psychology professor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Clarke worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and served on the Colorado state board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and as an executive officer for the Virginia and Rocky Mountain chapters of the Association of Black Psychologists. Her experience in higher education includes teaching psychology for 19 years at colleges and universities in Virginia and Colorado and serving as Director of Faculty Professional Development at Community College of Aurora and Associate Director of Career and Counseling Services at Christopher Newport University. Dr. Clarke is the author of Do Something Different…For a Change: An Insider’s Guide to What Your Therapist Knows (But May Not Tell You) and Doggie Tales: Lessons on Life, Love, and Loss I Learned From My Dog. The host of the Living Well with Dr. Peg radio program, she also appeared on Denver's 9News Morning Show. She currently serves on the Behavioral Intervention Team at Community College of Aurora and is the President of Living Well Press, a mental health and wellness consulting firm and publishing company. Learn more at www.DrPegOnline.com
“I’ve read several articles and blogs about college professor’s pet peeves about students, and when I was an undergraduate student myself, I made sure I never did those things. Now that I’ve graduated, I’d like to share with professors what pet peeves undergraduate students have about them.”
Ali A. Norwood is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Ali currently works at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL where she conducts research on sleep quality interventions, working with teenagers and adults. As an undergraduate, Ali traveled to Costa Rica for a medical campaign, volunteering in orphanages, nursing homes, and HIV/AIDS homes in rural areas. She was also actively involved in various volunteer organizations involving the Chambana community and the local hospital. Additionally, while at the University of Illinois, Ali assisted in campus research labs that focused on neuropsychology, animal biology, and youth civic engagement.
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