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Monday lunch presentation presented by Yousif Shamo at the 2011 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 18-20, 2011

Why do we teach?

  • So that individuals learn
  • To convey the excitement of our intellectual area
  • To capture interest and imagination
  • To ensure deep understanding
  • To share our own research efforts

Who do we teach?

  • Undergraduates (focus for today)
    • Majors
    • Non-majors
  • Graduate Students (focus)/Post-docs
  • Colleagues
  • Your chair, your dean
  • The public
  • Program managers/patent office/others

Remember…

  • Developing a good course takes time
    • Learn good time management
  • What students learn is less than what you teach
    • Don’t just try to cover the material
  • Understand different learning styles
    • Students have different ways of learning
    • Use the resources you have available
    • Be aware of accessibility requirements

What is the nature of your course?

  • Large/medium/small enrollment?
  • Lecture-type classroom or smaller more intimate setting?
  • Majors? Upper level or lower level?
  • Non-majors?
Styles for these different types of courses are quite different!

Think about “active learning”

  • Traditional/passive learning = lectures + exams
  • Student-centered, active learning can include (among many possibilities):
    • Use of I-Clickers
    • On-line quizzes
    • 1-2 minute papers
    • Student discussion and reporting
    • Projects

Find out about resources

  • Are I-Clickers available?
  • What support for teaching is available?
  • Are there faculty groups to discuss teaching?
  • Are there on-line resources in your area for student-centered learning?
  • Are there sessions at professional meetings or specific meetings relevant to your area?
    • Will your Chair pay for you to attend?

Know about yourself

  • If you are asked what you’d like to teach…
    • Do you really love a big lecture setting?
    • Does a small group setting elicit a sense of excitement or a sense of dread?
  • You may not have the opportunity to choose, but knowing what attracts you (and why) may help in dealing with your teaching assignment

Preparation is key

  • Plan for 6-8 hours of preparation per class session the first year
  • Get notes from the previous lecturer, but make the course your own
  • Be familiar with the material (rehearse a lecture beforehand if you need to)
  • Don’t wait until the last minute
    • Not much room to improvise
    • May be easier in smaller classes

Do’s and do not’s

  • Do not expect perfection
  • Do not expect eager, listening faces
  • Do learn the names of your students if at all possible
  • Do get feedback during the semester
    • You can adjust accordingly
  • Do work the problems yourself
    • Texts have typos and errors – read the text

Think very carefully about your syllabus

  • Textbook information
  • Policies/Grading information
    • What makes up the grade? Is there a curve?
    • Are there make-up exams?
    • Don’t change point assignments mid-semester — stick with the syllabus
    • Think through the grading scheme — they’ll ask, so you might as well be ready!

Don’t make exceptions

  • If you make an exception for an individual, it will be an exception for the entire course
  • Do you allow —
    • Regrading?
    • Late tests? If not, how is grade determined if student was ill/had a death in family?

Questions & Answers

how do I set up the problem?
Harshika Reply
what is a solution set?
Harshika
find the subring of gaussian integers?
Rofiqul
hello, I am happy to help!
Shirley Reply
please can go further on polynomials quadratic
Abdullahi
I need quadratic equation link to Alpa Beta
Abdullahi Reply
find the value of 2x=32
Felix Reply
divide by 2 on each side of the equal sign to solve for x
corri
X=16
Michael
Want to review on complex number 1.What are complex number 2.How to solve complex number problems.
Beyan
use the y -intercept and slope to sketch the graph of the equation y=6x
Only Reply
how do we prove the quadratic formular
Seidu Reply
hello, if you have a question about Algebra 2. I may be able to help. I am an Algebra 2 Teacher
Shirley Reply
thank you help me with how to prove the quadratic equation
Seidu
may God blessed u for that. Please I want u to help me in sets.
Opoku
what is math number
Tric Reply
4
Trista
x-2y+3z=-3 2x-y+z=7 -x+3y-z=6
Sidiki Reply
Need help solving this problem (2/7)^-2
Simone Reply
x+2y-z=7
Sidiki
what is the coefficient of -4×
Mehri Reply
-1
Shedrak
the operation * is x * y =x + y/ 1+(x × y) show if the operation is commutative if x × y is not equal to -1
Alfred Reply
An investment account was opened with an initial deposit of $9,600 and earns 7.4% interest, compounded continuously. How much will the account be worth after 15 years?
Kala Reply
lim x to infinity e^1-e^-1/log(1+x)
given eccentricity and a point find the equiation
Moses Reply
A soccer field is a rectangle 130 meters wide and 110 meters long. The coach asks players to run from one corner to the other corner diagonally across. What is that distance, to the nearest tenths place.
Kimberly Reply
Jeannette has $5 and $10 bills in her wallet. The number of fives is three more than six times the number of tens. Let t represent the number of tens. Write an expression for the number of fives.
August Reply
What is the expressiin for seven less than four times the number of nickels
Leonardo Reply
How do i figure this problem out.
how do you translate this in Algebraic Expressions
linda Reply
why surface tension is zero at critical temperature
Shanjida
I think if critical temperature denote high temperature then a liquid stats boils that time the water stats to evaporate so some moles of h2o to up and due to high temp the bonding break they have low density so it can be a reason
s.
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
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