Recently, a reader asked me how to prepare for weekly lectures. What a great question, surely one all new adjuncts have asked themselves and others. I responded by suggesting he consider a broader question, how to prepare a lesson plan.
You may have prepared and think you are ready for a good teaching experience. However, difficult students may catch you off guard and change all of that.
As a college instructor, learn what you should do on the first day of class with tips from the book Tools for Teaching and advice from Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
I would complete the review of my syllabus, start to move on, and then interject, “I almost forgot something. Did I mention that I won’t be teaching you anything this semester?”
Maybe so, because we know they will always be prepared.
( Note: If you use equipment of any kind when you teach, pay close attention to Item 6. )
The Boy Scout motto, everyone knows it. “Be Prepared.” There is no better advice of a college instructor. I want to couple this with the old Head & Shoulders tag line from half a century ago. “You only get one chance to make a first impression.”