ERIC Number: ED367260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Classroom Techniques for Black Male Student Retention.
Gardenhire, John Fouts
This paper describes and encourages the application of 20 classroom techniques to enhance the retention and success of black male college students. Though retention enhancement programs work best when institution-wide support and commitment are behind them, the techniques described here can be implemented in the classroom with significant results even while lacking all institutional support. The techniques described have all been used extensively by the author, a teacher. They are: (1) learn their names; (2) assign specific required office hour visits early in the semester; (3) use "calling cards" (a system of telephone networking between students"; (4) touch each student (handshakes especially encouraged); (5) use peer tutors and counselors; (6) use collaborative learning frequently; (7) use 5-minute get acquainted sessions (formats suggested); (8) encourage joining of clubs and campus activities; (9) walk them through the campus; (10) take field trips; (11) vary instructional mode; (12) make very short term assignments; (13) set very short term goals; (14) include everyone in classroom discussions; (15) make a scrapbook about successful role models; (16) be fair, firm, demanding, consistent, and predictable; (17) provide all materials from the beginning; (18) be animated in your instruction; (19) teach a memory skill; and (20) be "up beat" and cheerful. Each technique is described in detail with concrete suggestions for implementation. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Teachers of English (San Francisco, CA, November 17-22, 1993).