Is a good college instructor also a servant-leader? Perhaps. Servant-Leaders and Servant-Teachers have a lot in common.
Two dozen tips for engaging college students.
As I mentioned in my previous article, I did a self-assessment by looking through the 88 articles I had posted as of October 10th to see how well I have addressed this issue. I identified 24 articles that I pulled together for you. Here are my remaining 12 tips for engaging college students with links to the related articles:
Steps instructors should take to engage college students.
It should come as no surprise to college instructors that many of their students don’t like to think. This is a reason they don't like school, but there is something a faculty member can do about this.
There are a variety of reasons why students do not participate in class. By being mindful of them, an instructor can take steps to overcome those barriers and make classes more enjoyable for all.
Help your students learn by applying techniques to assure they understand you.
Learn effective techniques for answering college students' questions.
Learn techniques for preventing disruptive classroom behaviors and ensuring civility. Also learn how to prepare for and deal with threatening and violent behaviors.
Learn techniques for asking questions in the college classroom. Improve your effectiveness as a college instructor.
A Valuable Classroom Assessment Technique for College Instructors
I realized that I have made no less than three references to this concept without explaining it.
Here is the explanation that I have owed you.
Angelo and Cross, in their book Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (see References page), describe what they call the Minute Paper. While many authors cite their work, I honestly don’t know if they were the first to write about this assessment tool. They may have been. The Minute Paper has been I have adopted by thousands, make that millions, of teachers under a variety of names like One Minute Paper, One-Minute Paper, 1 Minute Paper, and Fred. Okay, I am kidding about “Fred,” but there are a lot of free spirited, nonconformist instructors, so it may have happened. “Students, before you leave take out a blank sheet of paper. I want you to do a Fred.” I wonder how many students would return for the next class. Anyway, I prefer the term One Minute Paper (OMP), and that will be my default nomenclature.