Teaching your first college class can be exhilarating, but also intimidating. No matter how well you know the content you’re teaching, teaching your first class can be tough for anyone.
In today’s post, I will share 4 tips for teaching your first college class.
1. Talk to your colleagues:
One of the best sources of information to help you prepare is talking to other faculty in your department. If you’re an adjunct, talk to the department chair or program director that hired you. Many novice instructors fail to match the norms of the program, department, and institution where they are teaching.
2. Let your course goals drive your content:
As you begin thinking through your class, you want to develop course goals. These goals will then drive the content that gets included in your course. The readings, class sessions, and assignments should all be geared toward achieving the goals you establish for your course.
3. Think ahead about grading and providing student feedback:
Part of designing rigorous, but reasonable assignments is making sure that you can provide good student feedback. Obviously, not all assignments and activities require the same level of feedback. However, you should provide students with feedback on their work as this is a fundamental part of the learning process.
4. Organise, organise, organise:
Especially if you are teaching your first college class in a new faculty role, you should take the extra time to organise. Save your lecture notes, keep good copies of originals, and document lesson plans.
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