You may have prepared and think you are ready for a good teaching experience. However, difficult students may catch you off guard and change all of that.
Is a good college instructor also a servant-leader? Perhaps. Servant-Leaders and Servant-Teachers have a lot in common.
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.
Help your students learn by applying techniques to assure they understand you.
Learn effective techniques for answering college students' questions.
As a college instructor, learn what you should do on the first day of class with tips from the book Tools for Teaching and advice from Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
Learn techniques for asking questions in the college classroom. Improve your effectiveness as a college instructor.
Understand why college instructors should not criticize students, especially not with sarcasm.
Help for Adjuncts and New College Teachers
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- 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?
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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. 😉
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.