Is a good college instructor also a servant-leader? Perhaps. Servant-Leaders and Servant-Teachers have a lot in common.
College teaching advice for the new instructor. College teaching tips that will help the new instructor succeed.
What roles are college faculty expected to play? Find out what they are, why they are important and how to perform at your best.
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.
Sharpen the Saw
In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey shares his thoughts about leading a well balanced life. This is what “Sharpen the Saw” is all about.
As I read and reread the chapter entitled “Sharpen the Saw” I pondered how I was going to make this real and relevant for college faculty. What am I going to say? It could be a short article. It may be difficult for me to provide the 1,500 to 2,000 words you normally see in my articles. What? Did I hear someone say that would be a good thing?
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.
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.