Creating a Community of Learners that Reflects Mutual Respect

Recently, a student came into my office to vent because she was frustrated and dismayed at the behavior of another student in one of her classes. She indicated that he repeatedly disrupts the class by arguing with fellow students, criticizing others’ approaches to content, disputes the merits of work that is assigned, interrupts when others are talking, complains to both the instructor and others about timelines put in place for projects, and is generally disgruntled. Her biggest objection, however, was not that the student was so disruptive, rather it was that the instructor seemed oblivious and unconcerned by one student’s monopolizing of the classroom.