Written by Tiara Good
First and foremost, Veteran and Active-duty students are students. They come from all walks of life and each individual brings their own unique contributions, goals, hopes and challenges.
Please keep in mind that Veteran and Active-duty student stereotypes are not typical and that these students bring valuable perspectives to the classroom.
Group work in a military setting often involves life or death situations. Thus, group work in the classroom may be challenging. Consider alternative assignments if your Veteran or Active-duty student requests it or if you observe discomfort.
Planning, organizing and teaching about group work can help students work together productively.
Some classrooms have door/window placement that can exacerbate vigilance and tactical awareness. Letting your students select their own seats alleviates this anxiety.
Some students may express frustration with their civilian peers because they are not paying attention, or not adhering to other codes of conduct. One way to get everyone in the class on board for civil behavior is to craft a learning agreement. Also, Carnegie Mellon's CTL offers solutions to a wide range of classroom management issues.
Trust and connection with as many people on campus as possible aids in retention and ultimately a better experience for the student as they navigate reintegration and assimilation challenges. Here are a few campus resources that may be of use to you and your students:
Coordinator of Veterans’ Services
Director of Student Counseling, Student Health, and Disability Services
Director of TRIO Programs
Assistant Professor in Communication Arts