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
Steven Covey's advice to be proactive applies to college students as well as their teachers.
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.
What should a college instructor do if students fail the first exam?
Learn why some parents inappropriately intervene when their children run into problems at college and why this should be a rallying call for action.
Learn how to help students who fear math, especially summer college students.
Help for Adjuncts and New College Teachers
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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.
A self-generated code of conduct is an important form of soul searching that can help us all lead better lives, and that includes making us better teachers too.
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?