Favorite The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Instructors

In a 7-part series that begins Saturday, April 2nd, I will explore how Steven Covey’s 7 habits can be practiced by college faculty, particularly those new to the art of teaching. I will show you how making Covey’s habits your habits will make you a better instructor.

The 1st Habit of Highly Effective College Instructors

When it comes to applying Habit #1 - Be Proative - adjuncts and new full-time faculty are at a distinct disadvantage. Through no fault of their own, they may not understand the scope of their power and authority.

What Do New College Instructors Want to Know?

Help for Adjuncts and New College Teachers

Why do I ask? I am looking for the topics that interest you readers. Here’s what I am wondering:

  • What do you want to read about?
  • Do you have some advice you would like me to post?
  • Do you have any specific questions?
  • What problems are you having?
  • Would you like me to send you money?

If you answered yes to the last question, this is the point where I could ask you for your bank account number and password so I can deposit huge suns of money directly in your account.  Hold off on that information.  I would prefer not to be arrested for Internet fraud.  😉 ..... (read more)

The 2nd Habit of Highly Effective College Instructors

To be truly effective as a teacher you must begin with the end in mind - the learning outcomes or learning objectives for your course. … The purpose of an instructor is to help students achieve the learning outcomes of the course. The metaphorical image of an instructor at sea in a boat without a rudder is applicable to those who are not driven by this purpose.

Grading on Class Participation

What College Students Don’t Like

In February, I posted an article entitled Is It Wrong to Grade on Class Participation? In that article I pointed out the importance of clarifying class participation expectations and giving students feedback.  Something a student said to me recently prompted me to write this follow-up article. ..... (read more)

The 3rd Habit of Highly Effective College Instructors

Put First Things First

Stephen Covey’s 3rd Habit of Highly Effective People is to “Put First Things First.” Covey sets the framework for this practice by introducing the Time Management Matrix on page 151 of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I bet you have seen one version or another of this in the past. It provides an interesting lens through which to view our lives. To use a common idiom, this can be an “eye opening” lens. Covey contrasts the important activities in our lives with the unimportant. Then he categorizes them as urgent or not urgent. Crises and major problems are important and urgent, while planning and relationship building are important though not urgent. You get the point. ..... (read more)