College Instructors Must Take Charge of the Classroom
A college instructor must establish and maintain an environment that is conducive to learning. Some students will exhibit disruptive behaviors, but these situations must be addressed promptly and decisively. Here are some links that provide advise:
A Parent Guide for Helping College Students
Dealing With Difficult College Students
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College Teaching Tip of the Week – Vol. 1 Issue6
Help your students learn by accommodating their diverse learning styles. A simple way to appeal to both visual and audio preferences and engage students is to include videos. YouTube videos are one source for those videos.
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No matter how much you care, no matter how approachable you think you are, many students will not talk to you about their problems, concerns and complaints,
It’s something to think about!
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The Instructor’s Role in Counseling
If you do the math, you soon realize that the ratio of students to counselors at your college is pretty high. Here is where the instructor can provide a valuable service, but he or she must know what to talk about, what not to talk about, and when to refer students to an academic counselor. Know your college’s policy, and don’t overstep your bounds. If you ..... READ MORE
As I often do, I have summarized my recommendations at the end of this article. If you are pressed for time, you might want to scroll down. If you do so, I hope you come back and read the entire article. I would love to hear from you. Let me know if you found it helpful.
From Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis.
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The Wikipedia definition of Cheerleading is “an intense physical activity (sometimes a competitive sport) using organized routines, usually ranging from one to three minutes, such as tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at games and matches.”
Not all college students are motivated to come to class. The instructor can chan ..... READ MORE
Colleges and universities have counselors, and most of them have ready access to information about careers and career opportunities. However, few counselors know as much about those careers as instructors. No matter what an instructor teaches – English or electronics, history or horticulture, math or music – teaching faculty have much to offer their students in the way of career coun ..... READ MORE
Write Tests Students Will Like
It is a shame that Odin Westgaard’s book, Tests That Work- Designing & Delivering Fair & Practical Measurement Tools in the Workplace (1999, Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer) has not been embraced by academics. A college instructor who follows Westgaard’s advice can alleviate students’ test anxiety and make the testing process worthwhile for all. About a good and fair test, he ..... READ MORE
The First Class Session is the Most Important
Barbara Davis Gross, in the book Tools for Teaching, devotes a chapter to “The First Day of Class.” She presents 36 pieces of advice for starting the new term. Here are a few of them:
If you have not taught at that location before, visit the classroom before the first session.
Introduce yourself to your students.
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