It’s About Teaching Well
I haven’t taught an official 16 week course. But I’d like to. My most challenging gig was back in Texas, a Citizenship / English Language Learning course of 30+ adults a night. And they didn’t even share the same mother tongue.
Today I assist and consult with Faculty at Notre Dame everyday. I don’t know who learns the most from whom. Sometimes I’m vicariously experiencing several classes over the course of an entire semester. I do so from the point of view of the portion of the class taking place in an ‘extended classroom’ – Concourse. The part of the class students can interact with 24/7. Because of such tools and the way Faculty are using them, face to face class time is changing. It’s not so much about information transfer and more about learning why the information matters and what you can do with it.
As has been the case for years, the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning presents new faculty with a teaching reference. I’m reading it now and recommend it to you. McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, everything on classroom management for the new Prof, and great tips for those who recognize we don’t yet know it all.