Rules and regulations
We should ask ourselves “what is a community in a university lecture room?”. There is no top answer but what is key is the respect and consideration for others in a shared setting where learning and interchange is fundamental along with good conduct and manners towards both teachers and fellow students.
Thus a consideration is to be made as to the purpose of our studies, not only in terms of learning facts, gaining knowledge and passing exams but living side by side peers and elders, sharing time and space, and being an all-rounder (even if no-one is perfect) as regards some healthy ground rules and regulations. Let’s call them good habits that will eliminate all tensions in a classroom and build the teacher-student-student-teacher rapport positively as well as aid the learning and teaching process. Good habits generally boost self-esteem and confidence and improve communication skills.
- BE ON TIME
First of all, we should try to ensure we are on time, punctuality is a passport to the ethics of a successful professional life. This means that all members of the community should be present, seated and ready to participate when the lecturer begins the lesson.
Attendance is compulsory and you should sign attendance sheet at the beginning of the lecture.
- BE POLITE AND COURTEOUS BOTH AS REGARDS SPEECH AND BODY LANGUAGE
Politeness means being pragmatic and correct and leads to effective communication, respecting the feelings of others so…
- When you have to leave the class early, okaying it in advance with the teacher, is a sign of respect and honesty.
- Leaving the class to go to the rest-room and re-entering only requires being discreet and leaving the room as quietly as possible without asking for permission so as not to disrupt others, …but remember to return within a decent amount of time.
- Rudeness, aggression and hostility do not work and have to be ruled out. Better to convey a point by raising your hand to ask questions which are always welcome or maybe talking the matter over after a lesson. You are encouraged to interact and ask for help if something is confusing.
- Chatting aloud inappropriately and goofing around in class are not forms of respect and will distract or annoy others.
- PACKING UP
At the end of the lesson, packing up when it is getting close to the end of the lesson is tempting but it would be better for you to wait until the teacher has stopped talking.
- TELEPHONES AND TABLETS
We can move onto devices such as tablets and computers. They should be used solely for their intended legitimate purpose- learning, note taking and assignments. Obviously cell phones should be turned off as they are distractions for everybody in the community classroom.
- FOOD AND DRINK
Preferably eating and drinking should be reserved for lunchtime and breaks between lectures outside the classroom. Trash (bottles, scraps of paper) should not be left around in the classroom.