How to Avoid Teaching Mistakes

It began as a serious article about college teaching mistakes. Then it morphed into an article published on entitled You Might Be a Redneck College Teacher If … Is there a serious lesson to be learned from this silly article? Know What You Need to Know Many of the mistakes new college instructors make result from assumptions … incorrect assumptions that is. Unlike what is suggested in the a ..... READ MORE

What does it take to be a Really Good College Instructor?

What does it take to be a really good college teacher? Is it enough to know your subject and like teaching? If you have the communication skills to stand in front of a group and speak, does that complete the puzzle? Are high standards and integrity also required? What about what Parker Palmer calls The Courage to Teach? Do You Know What it Takes? Test yourself. Read the Adjunct Assistance article entitled What to ..... READ MORE

Am I a Good Teacher?

I don't like the way I feel! How do you know you are a good teacher if you are just starting out? One way is to ask yourself, “HOW do I feel?” Another way, a better way, is to ask yourself, “WHAT do I feel?” Feelings of a College Instructor College instructors experience a variety of feelings and emotions, some more so than others. Some of the most prominent emotions that good teache ..... 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

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