The College Instructor’s Role as Classroom Manager

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 Do Boy Scouts Make the Best ..... READ MORE

College Faculty Who Provide Academic Counseling

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

How College Faculty Should Ask Their Students Questions

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. “Asking Questions” From Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis. “Asking and answering questions are central to the learning ..... READ MORE

The College Instructor’s Role as a Cheerleader

Cheerleader 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

50 Roles for College Faculty – Career Counselor

Career Counselor 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

College Teaching Tip of the Week – Vol. 1 Issue 5

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

College Teaching Tip of the Week – Vol. 1 Issue 4

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. Use an icebreaker to help students get ..... READ MORE