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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

identify and quantify five social costs and social benefits of building a school
Mokgobo Reply
identify and quantity five social costs and social benefits of building a hospital
Mokgobo
short run vs long run
Jean
is it true that the opportunity cost of unemployed labour is zero?
Wisdom Reply
no
Oigebe
give two forms of collusion
nondumiso Reply
1.Explicit Collusion: Also termed overt collusion, this occurs when two or more firms in the same industry formally agree to control the market .
Gafar
2.Implicit Collusion: Also termed tacit collusion, this occurs when two or more firms in the same industry informally agree to control the market, often through nothing more than interdependent actions. A prime example of implicit collusion is price leadership .
Gafar
explicit collusion: this occurs when two or more firms in the same industry legally agree to control the market
Panashe
implicit collusion this occurs when two or more firms in the same industry illegally agree to control the market
Panashe
what is responsible for investigating cases of collusion
nondumiso
reasons why a country maybe involved in international trade
Nde Reply
state five similarities and differences between money market and capital market
Victoria Reply
Give a Zimbabwean example of firms operating in an oligopoly market and illustrate using diagrams how a manager in such a market maximize profit
Pam Reply
what is an industry
EWAH Reply
An industry is the production of goods and related services within an economy
Prabhu
an industry is place where goods and services are produced for human consumption....
Usman
scarcity is the major course of economics problems. discuss
Abdulhameed Reply
please say about that it is interesting for us
Abayneh
what is economics
Michael Reply
economics is a social sciences that deals with the production distribution and consumption of goods and services produced.its study of behaviour between economic agents
rkesh
what is the formula for elasticity of demand
Ridwan
change in demand/change in variable variable may be price, income,
rkesh
seasonal unemployment
Enoch Reply
example agriculture
lungku
want and scarcity
Prince
why the average of revenue AR fun
Abba
What is monopoli
Gadrey Reply
What is monopoly
Gadrey
monopoly
Hanan
monipoly ..where one firm controls all the market
RAM
what is demand
Jafar Reply
demand is what one willing and enable to purchase at a given price over period of a time.
Micheal
what is marginal revenue
just
distinguish between commercialization and industrialization
Alhassan Reply
why division of labour increase economy level of production
Henry Reply
what is opportunity coast
Henry Reply
a benefit profit or value of something that must be given up to acquire achieve something else
ammara
thx
Henry
in a comparison of the stages of meiosis to the stage of mitosis, which stages are unique to meiosis and which stages have the same event in botg meiosis and mitosis
Leah Reply
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