I have written several articles which refer to information provided by Dr. Barbara Gross Davis in her book, Tools for Teaching.
As I did with my 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Instructors series:
Here are three pieces of advice I have for all you new adjuncts and, actually, all you adjuncts and new full-time instructors. I hope you find my teaching assistance tips of value. I think you will!
- Be Prepared! – Do not think that your bountiful knowledge of the subject, years of exemplary experience and charismatic personality will pull you through. If you have not planned out each class your students will know.
- Build on Your Strengths – Let student’s know your experience and qualifications and put them to use in your teaching.
- Don’t Highlight Your Weaknesses – A new adjunct who tells the class that it is his or her first time teaching is setting him or herself up for ridicule and possibly failure. Some students will consider that sufficient reason to blame their failures on your. The reality is that you can’t possibly teach the class perfectly the first time. But let that be a little secret between you and me. 😉
Here are two more pieces of advice that I call Hummel’s Law:
This article has not yet been published, but many related articles appear on this website. When published, this article will explain why it is vital to go beyond the basics and develop a good teaching acumen along with the how of becoming a really good instructor. For now, if you have comments or questions in this regard send them to me via the comment box below.
I added this humous story on the Humor page. This humorous story comes from Jokes ‘N Jokes College Jokes
Can you figure out the lesson to be learned?
It was the final examination for an introductory English course at the local university. Like many such freshman courses, it was designed to weed out new students, having over 700 students in the class!
This article has not yet been published. If will help readers understand the difference between public and private institutions so they can make an informed decision as to where they want to teach. The are pluses and minuses on both sides. If you have any comments or questions and want to send them to me use the comment section below.