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Finding your style

  • Adopt a preparation style that suits you
    • If you over-prepare, limit the time by doing it closer to the class
    • If you are anxious, prepare ahead of time but “budget” the time you spend
  • Adopt a lecture style that suits you
    • Lots of PowerPoint slides with detail — give students a copy
    • An outline that you fill in

What you project matters

  • Students pick up on your attitude
    • If you care, they will be more respectful and forgiving
    • If you dismiss them, they will reciprocate
    • If you are open, they will engage
    • If you are defensive, they will attack
  • Large classes are harder
    • Get to know a subset of the students by name to break down barriers

Challenges for women

  • Openness can be interpreted as being familiar and/or easy
    • Students can try to take advantage in a variety of ways and can impact the class
    • Talking to them privately may work
  • Dressing more formally has worked for some women

Find your own style

  • Do what makes you feel most comfortable
    • Clothes
    • Presentation style
  • Listen to feedback and adjust your style, to the degree you feel comfortable, accordingly

You cannot know everything

Know that a student will ask a question to which you do NOT know the answer

Tell them it’s a great question

  • Ask them what they think OR
  • Assign it as homework OR
  • Invite them to come by after class and talk because it’s a little off topic for the day OR
  • Indicate you don’t know, but there are a number of ways to find out
    • Do a web search, find a research article
    • Ask a colleague with expertise

There will Always Be someone

  • …who is bored and looks it
  • …who drives you crazy
    • Talking, reading, sleeping, smirking
  • …who questions your authority
    • Directly or indirectly
  • …who does not follow instructions
  • …who simply does not “get it”

Keep your balance, get input, stay steady and get support when you need it!

Issues with today’s distractions

  • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
    • All compete for your attention and are here to stay; banning computers won’t work
  • They expect your respect, you have a right to expect theirs
  • Find your own comfort level in handling these distractions
    • If they make you less effective, you can simply tell the class, these activities make me less effective and impact everyone


  • Establish your guidelines (check with your department/institution)
    • Examples: No A/V device (no iphone, no ipods, no headphones, nothing electronic)
  • Determine the grading policy
    • Go over it with any graders involved
    • Determine policy/process for re-grades
  • Decide whether to provide a complete answer sheet for the examination

Classroom needs vary

  • Mathematicians use blackboards
  • Biologists use Powerpoints
  • Chemists and physicists often use classroom demonstrations

Discover the culture of your discipline at your institution and operate within that culture

Ensuring assignment reading

  • Use on-line quizzes (probably easiest and best)
    • Variety of resources, often campus-specific
  • Pose a specific set of questions and assign them to subgroups
  • Assign topics to specific individuals

For smaller classes

  • Class engagement is more feasible
    • Lecture preparation less onerous
    • Case-studies can be used
  • Group activities engage everyone
    • Can do some of this in larger classes, too
  • Learning to write is important
    • Can use peer as well as instructor feedback

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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