Here are some helpful how-to resources for building a syllabus.
• Lynda.com tutorial on how to write a syllabus.
A super cool flash version of Blooms revised taxonomy.
Step 1: Pick your type of knowledge
Types of knowledge are categorized on the knowledge dimension from concrete to abstract. The major categories are factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive. See the pdf for more details.
Step 2: Pick your verb
Verbs correspond with different levels of cognitive processing and are categorized from lower order thinking skills to higher order thinking skills. The major categories are to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create.
Step 3: Use the chart to track learning objectives
No more than four learning objectives should be used at a time. Objectives should include both lower level and higher level cognitive processing as well as concrete and abstract knowledge types.
Student behavioral expectations should be clearly outlined in the syllabus and established as a classroom norm from Day 1.
Here are the top disruptive behaviors as reported by faculty and students.
Here is a brief overview of three main theories for behavior management.
Here is some advice for managing difficult students.