Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Managing the Classroom

This section addresses topics such as how instructors can arrange their classroom seating to foster learning, structure the beginning and the end of class, manage electronic devices and prevent plagiarism. There are also additional external resources that can help instructors consider how to address particular student behaviors.

Two important moments during instruction are the beginning and end of class. The events that occur during these windows can influence the engagement of students in their learning as well as their ability to synthesize major concepts.
The physical setup of a classroom space is significant. Instructional communication theory suggests that the seating arrangement can impact how the instructor communicates with the students, and how the students interact with one another, both of which can influence learning.
A curated list of useful links related to the classroom.