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Seeding discussion

  • Have all (or subsets of) students read a specific assignment (often a chapter or a research paper)
  • Ask for critiques of the assignment
    • What makes sense, what doesn’t
    • Why
  • Find ways for students to engage each other with your guidance


  • Do
    • Think about the feedback
    • Incorporate changes as appropriate
    • Note that completely opposite comments will be provided
      • “Too much biology, not enough engineering” vs “Too much engineering, not enough biology”
  • Don’t
    • Take feedback too personally
    • Try to figure out who said what

After – recap and revise

  • Fix the lectures/activities that needed the most work first
  • Know that you will need to write new exam questions (word gets around)
  • Get a teaching mentor and meet ~monthly and go over everything

Time management/balance

  • Set office hours and keep them
    • Drop-ins can eat away your time
  • Try to teach the same course over multiple years
    • Make appropriate adjustments, but minimize preparation time
  • Limit undergraduates in your lab to what you can effectively mentor

Find colleagues for feedback

  • How to deal with absent/failing students
  • How to deal with students who are not like you were
  • How to recycle quiz/exam questions safely
  • How to be appropriately responsive to student requests
  • How to protect your time
  • How to know what is critical/not critical

Dealing with teaching assistants

  • Find your comfort level and have a strategy for quality control
    • Can they grade homework? Exams?
    • Can they grade written assignments?
    • Can they convene help sessions?
    • Can they hold office hours?
    • Can they assist in the classroom?
  • Can break up assignments based on what you perceive specific individuals can do

Dealing with parents

  • You, for privacy reasons, cannot answer questions from someone other than the student about their performance
  • If the student and parent come to see you together, you can provide input and advice about what is happening to the student

Dealing with cheating

  • Ask if your institution has an Honor Code
  • Discover your institution’s policies on cheating
    • Follow the procedure carefully
    • Decide whether to xerox exams before returning them to prevent changing answers
    • Find avenues that work for you!

Tips from faculty

  • Put office hours right after class
  • If you have TAs, direct questions first to them (convey that as you are accessible, but they have to check with the TA first)
  • Provide a measured response to emails
    • Do not establish high expectations for rapid response (and make longer response times for repeat questions to avoid reinforcement)
  • Establish clear criteria for re-grading (exams, homework, etc.)
  • Accept that someone(s) will have big problems
  • One faculty member had students in a large course write down names of two students in the class to contact with questions before even the TA
  • Direct students to a blog site (but you have to monitor to ensure answers are correct)
  • Draw clear boundaries
    • Don’t instant message
    • Can use Facebook site for the course, not for the instructor (don’t “friend” students)
  • Use “announcements” for any errors in class
  • Know your institutional culture
  • “Good” teaching varies with institution
  • Ask a lot of questions about expectations
    • From the institutional hierarchy (e.g., P/T)
    • From faculty colleagues
    • From students if you have the opportunity
  • “Good enough” is good enough
    • Perfection is probably not an option
  • Keep your research effort dynamic and healthy!
  • If you get a hard teaching assignment, ask to keep it for multiple years
  • Some departments use team teaching
    • Be sure you communicate with your co-teacher and agree on the course design
  • Don’t negotiate grades — use your best judgment and be prepared to defend it
  • Alert students who are at risk of failing
    • Email that says that their standing is well below average and that they should consider getting a lot more help for the class or dropping the class.
  • Smaller classes allow more personal interaction with the lagging students
    • The student has to seek/get help
    • Faculty member cannot “fix” the student
  • Grading group projects
    • Group grades
    • Each person grades their own work and each person in the group
    • Give them option to report group isn’t working and find ways to fix it
  • Check copyright policy procedures at your institution before copying copyrighted material

Teaching can be fun!

  • Develop a teaching style with which you are comfortable
  • Be diligent, but don’t over-stress
  • Seek help/feedback if you run into problems — don’t just suffer
  • Anticipate future years when you run into students and they thank you for your course and what it did for them!!

Questions & Answers

Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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.
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