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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

Examinations

  • 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

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.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
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
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
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
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
hi
Loga
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
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