College teaching advice for the new instructor. College teaching tips that will help the new instructor succeed.
Learn what type of help is most important to new college adjuncts, especially those hired on short notice.
I chuckle a bit when I think about job postings for part time college instructors that call for two years prior teaching experience. It’s the chicken or egg thing. Which comes first? You mean you can’t get a job teaching unless you have had a job teaching? Well, I am being a bit facetious, but the question remains, how do you get a job with little or no prior teaching experience?
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?”
When was the last time you told a student how sorry you were that he didn’t have the time to complete his paper and then give him another week? My guess is probably never, at least not without deducting from his grade. So don’t expect your students to feel sorry for you with your busy schedule. Don’t expect them to give you a week to answer a question or give them help with a problem.
College students don’t always see us as we see ourselves. They look at us through a variety of lenses, and some of those lenses are pretty foggy.
Critical Thinking, what college students lack the most. Or least that is what many of the experts say.
Adjunct Social Networking with Blogs
A few weeks ago, I posted the following discussion question on the LinkedIn Group, Able Adjuncts:
Adjunct Hurdles & Pitfalls – I want to help adjunct faculty avoid the pitfalls I have observed. What helps adjuncts helps students and deans, like me. I would appreciate hearing what, in your opinion, those issues are so I can add them to my blog postings on www.adjunctassistance.com.
Use YouTube Videos as Teaching Aids
Each time I check for online I find more and better videos, ones well suited for the college classroom. There are variety of reasons an instructor should use this vast resource.
You are going to wonder why I am telling you this story!
I recently read The Devil in the White City. This book weaves together the fascinating history of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition with the macabre, heinous acts of one of the world’s worst serial killers.