Your department will provide you with administrative support, course outlines, resources, and information about other supports within your department. However, you may still have questions about how to teach effectively and develop your teaching style.
As you get started teaching, you may wonder:
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Your course outline guides you and your students throughout the term. Dedicate some time before classes start to develop a comprehensive course outline.
Plan your weekly/daily lessons
Everyone is a bit nervous on the first day. This is a great opportunity for you to set the tone, establish rapport and involve learners from the start.
Setting the tone is reflected in how you:
Establishing rapport starts off with introductions, getting to know your students’ names, sharing a bit about yourself, and letting them know your teaching style. The following links have some ideas and icebreakers for first day of class activities that are fun and also help to create a climate for learning. Some can be used throughout the term to re-energize the classroom.
Ideas for first day of class activities
Use your course outline to guide your first class. Discuss assignments, expectations, and finalize key dates.
Involve learners by engaging in content right away, don’t leave it for the next class. There are various activities, pre-assessments, and reflective exercises you can run the first day to assess prior knowledge. Start building your community of learners on the first day.
Just as the beginning of the term often feels stressful, the end of the term can feel equally chaotic.
Rather than ending the last class with only administrative details (e.g. due dates, exam schedule, course evaluation), consider the following:
Use the course outline as a review device
Ask students to share some lasting thoughts on what was most relevant to them.
You could either:
Use the last class to prepare for the final exam or assignment
Thank your learners for the opportunity to share your knowledge/expertise with them
In this article, faculty talk about the importance of closure and offer some hands-on techniques to bring your course and community of learners to a close at the end of the semester/quarter.
Juggling the mechanics of teaching - content, assignments, assessments and feedback - also includes building a community of learners. Here are some items to consider: