Teaching Your First College Class A Practical Guide for New Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors

ISBN-10: 1579222269

ISBN-13: 9781579222260

Edition: 2008

Authors: Carolyn Lieberg

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No other teaching experience will feel quite like the first time an instructor walks into a classroom to face a class of students.This book is a wise and friendly guide for new faculty and graduate student instructors who are about to teach for the first time. It provides an introduction to the theory of teaching; describes proven strategies and activities for engaging students in their learning; and offers advice on classroom management, syllabus creation, grading, assessment, and discipline issues, among other topics. It prepares readers for a confident start as teachers, and gives them a firm foundation on which to develop their skills and personal classroom styles.The author breaks teaching down into its component elements and tasks to enable graduate student instructors to identify their particular responsibilities, and learn about what works and does not. They will also benefit from reading the book as a whole as it sets their work in the context of course objectives and learning theory.For new faculty this engaging book provides a solid basis from which to develop their skills and personal styles as teachers; and offers guidance on documenting their classroom success for the purposes of promotion and tenure. For graduate student instructors, the book is a companion that will give them confidence and pleasure in teaching, and stand them in good stead if they decide on a in any future career in academe.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 5/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

On Being a Novice College Teacher
The Bold Enterprise
Apprehensions and Trepidations
The It Factor--Help Students Understand What It Means to Be Educated
Types of Appointments
Finding Help for Your Teaching
Teaching Intentionally
Success--Three Brief Tips
Teacher-Centered to Student-Centered
Teachers in Their Many Roles
Critical Thinking
Some Major Figures in Pedagogy
Special Attention to Undergraduates
Making Use of Technology
The First Day
A Tone that Signals Community
Authority in the Classroom
Facilities and Their Modifications
Your First Class--Instruction or Only Orientation
Dealing with Anxiety
Day One Arrives
Employing Active Learning from the Start
Messages to Students...Subtle and Bold
Diversity, Diversity, Diversity
Introducing Students to Your Discipline
The Great Start--Yours
Creating A Syllabus
Syllabus or Course Guidelines--Which Works for You?
Your Course���s Clock
Constructing a Syllabus
Pausing to Assess and Refresh
Finding Out What Your Students Know--and Helping Them Change Their Minds
Classroom Assessments
Students--What They Expect & What You Might Expect
Student Constituents--Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Class, Age, Students with Disabilities, Athletes, and Celebrities
Grade Inflation
The Notion of Students as Customers
Your Students��� Unasked Questions
Preparing Your Students for Learning--Mnemonics and Beyond
Mandatory Conferences
Learning Styles
Preparation for Discussions
One Hundred Percent Participation
Creating Guidelines with Students
A Safe Environment
Learning Names--Everyone���s Task
Who Speaks and Who Doesn���t, and Who Talks Too Much
Difficult or ChallengingTopics: Taboos, Personal Values, and Hurt or Angry Feelings
Laughing at Others--Be Prepared
Preparing Content
Session Goals
Using PowerPoint
Facilitating Discussions
Texts, Problems, Evidence
Relying on Homework
What You Should Know About How Well Students Read
Using the Board
Video Clips and Films
Using Computer Displays and Overheads
Some Formats to Jump-Start Discussions
Time-Outs for Sluggish Sessions
Discussions Gone Wild
Dealing with Un(der)Prepared Classes
Planning Assignments
Your Opportunities for Creating Assignments
The Mechanics of Planning
Papers, Real or Cyber
Exercise vs. Display
Carrots and Sticks--Getting Students to Do Their Homework
When Students Write--Considerations and Assignment Ideas
Writing--The Emotional Side
Assignment Ideas
Term Papers and Their Alternatives
Group Work and Presentations
Using Groups in Your Classes
Gender and Race in Small Groups
Long-Term Projects
Optimizing Group Activities
Pitfalls Group Projects
Helping Students Give Successful Presentations
Fraud, Cheating, Plagiarism, and Some Assignments That Discourage It
Fraud in Higher Education
Plagiarism and Assignments that Discourage It
Dealing with Students Who Cheat or Plagiarize
Institutional Requirements
Two Mandates of Grading
Learning Outcomes
Test Construction
Improvement as a Factor
Non-native English Speakers and Others with Writing Problems
Weighting Grades
Gate-Keeping Knowledge
Extra Credit
Grading Attendance
Keeping Track of Participation
Assessing of Public Speaking
Grading Group Presentations
Efficient Grading
Making Use of Technology
Grade Complaints
Student Evaluations of You
Making the Most of Your Teaching Time and Planning for Your Future
Teaching Portfolios
Papers and Poster Sessions, Awards, and More
Translating Teaching Experiences into a Career Other Than Teaching
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
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