What to do When College Students Don’t Show Respect

I have often said that anyone can teach at a research university, but you have to be good to teach at a community college. This case study supports my contention.  Problems with college students are … well … a real problem ..... (read more)

Bloom’s Taxonomy for College Instructors

What Every College Instructor Needs to Know

I want to share some advice for creating assignments and writing test questions based on the work of Benjamin Bloom, specifically Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy is well known by many academics. However, unless you have studied education and teaching, you may not be familiar with it. Nevertheless, you should be!

Recently, I came across a website entitled TeacherVision®. It focuses on the needs of K-12 teachers, but there is quite a bit of information of value to college instructors. In fact, it has given me some ideas for future posts. This site includes useful information about Bloom’s Taxonomy. I recommend it to those of you who wish to learn more about Bloom’s Taxonomy basics without getting bogged down by the in-depth explanations one would encounter in a scholarly journal filled with highly academic jargon. ..... (read more)

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)

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 Perceived Quality of a College Instructor

Think about the best college instructor you ever had. What was special about him or her? How do you match up to that standard? More importantly, how do your students and your college administrators judge your quality?