I have been involved in teaching in an university. However, I find the following few behaviors of students (all Undergrads) inside my classroom slightly unpleasant:
- In my university, some of the male and female students come to classroom with shorts and informal dress code.
- Students drinks tea, coffee, and such stuffs (not water) during class hours.
I don't find the above two behaviors quite formal for academic teaching. I do allow them to use laptops and tablets for learning purpose. This is probably, because, I have never been in such an environment. However, the university has no issues with it. Though few of my colleagues have non-supportive views on this, nobody raises voice or take action.
This disturbs my class as I feel that students are not attentive and I feel demotivated to discuss the topic that I had been lecturing diligently about. Till now, I have never spoken about it with the higher authorities and I don't want to go against such a thing, as they might think of me as foolish and backward.
My questions are:
- Should I discuss about my self-designed regulations for attending class where these two things is not allowed?
- Should the students take it positively? What if they complain about me to the administration office?
- And, once I do it, if someone does not follow it, should I throw him/her out of the classroom?
Any advice on this would be really helpful as the lectures would be starting in few days.