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My observations are similar to what my colleague Barb Stout reported here
at Pitt in terms of student behavior in our Freshmen Studies course.  One
interesting comment, however,  made by students in the first week of the
course to my question, "What differences are you observing between college
and high school" was that they were shocked to see some students arrive
late and leave class early.  This was a perfect opportunity to talk about
proper and courteous behaviors in the classroom.   So I found it
interesting that the sudents themselves were a bit annoyed by the behavior
of their peers.   One behavior I find on the increase that I dislike is the
use of %#@@%#%$ language openly in hallways, elevators, etc.  regardless of
who is around especially young children or senior adults.


Georgine Materniak
University of Pittsburgh

--On Monday, November 01, 1999, 2:43 PM -0500 Barb Stout <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:r

> This is really strange but I seem to be encountering the opposite. Maybe
> it has to do with the fact that we tighten the academic standards here,
> for probation, and the students are well aware of that. Barb
>
> "Fernandez, Jody" wrote:
>
>> We have been discussing the same thing here.Immaturity and out-and-out
>> rudeness seem to have become the norm lately.
>>
>> Jody Fernandez
>> The University of South Florida
>> EDU 202M
>> 974-1054
>> [log in to unmask]
>> Visualize whirled peas.
>>
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Daryl Stephens [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>> > Sent: Monday, November 01, 1999 1:42 PM
>> > To:   [log in to unmask]
>> > Subject:      Student behavior in classes
>> >
>> > Recently several of my colleagues and I had noticed that there seems
>> > to be a
>> > great deal more immature behavior than usual among our students this
>> > semester
>> > --mostly talking in class and coming in late or leaving early.  At our
>> > state
>> > developmental conference last week, I talked to instructors from
>> > several points in the state, and they had noticed the same
>> > problems--actually having to
>> > ask students to be quiet or leave the room if they were going to have
>> > non-content-related conversations during class.
>> >
>> > Is this a problem nationwide this year?  (I think this year's college
>> > freshmen
>> > are the group that were in fourth grade the last year I taught fifth
>> > grade in
>> > another state, and I remember that bunch being less well-behaved than
>> > most groups.)
>> >
>> >
>> > Daryl Stephens  <[log in to unmask]>
>> > Assistant Professor (math)
>> > Division of Developmental Studies
>> > East Tennessee State University
>> > Box 70620, Johnson City, TN 37614
>> > Office phone (423) 439-4676   Fax:  (423) 439-7446
>
> --
> Barbara M. Stout
> Supplemental Instructional Specialist
> Learning Skills Center
> The University of Pittsburgh
> 311 Wm. Pitt Union
> Pittsburgh, PA 15260
> 412-648-7920
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>
> "You must do the things you think you cannot do."
> Eleanor Roosevelt