Tips from Angela Provitera McGlynn

As an expert in and prolific writer on college teaching, Angela Provitera McGlynn stands easily as one of our favorite returning authors here at Atwood Publishing. So today we’d like to present a sampling of hidden gems of wisdom from her books for our latest Tips post.


From Teaching Today’s College Students, Chapter 3: Preventing and Dealing with Disruptive Classroom Behavior

“In the first lectures of the term, I tell students that, considering the size of the class, it’s very important to me that they pay attention and not engage in side conversations. I acknowledge that it’s understandable for them to be tempted to talk to a friend in the next seat, but that this behavior cannot be tolerated. I tell them I find side conversations extremely distracting, and that students have complained to me over the years that they too are very distracted by people who talk in class. I remind the students that they are all paying tuition to hear these lectures, and that it’s part of my role to protect everyone’s right to avoid unnecessary distractions.”


From Successful Beginnings for College Teaching, Chapter 3: Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment

“When you walk into class the first day, and every day, greet the class as a whole or greet students individually. This can be as simple as smiling and saying ‘Hi!’ Students are reinforced when you greet them as if you’re pleased to see them. It’s a simple task, yet it goes very far in establishing warmth in the classroom.”


From Envisioning Equity, Chapter 2: Improving Graduation Rates through Effective Teaching

“A grading rubric helps instructors clearly communicate to students the specific requirements and acceptable performance standards of an assignment. When rubrics are given to students with the assignment description, they can help students monitor and assess their progress as they work toward clearly indicated goals. When assignments are scored and returned with the rubric, students can more easily recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their work and direct their efforts accordingly.”

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