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A great teaching experience doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of planning and preparation. There’s a lot of things you’ll need to balance to be successful. Here are some tips to make sure you’re making the most it.
Syllabus and Policy
The syllabus is the heart of your course. It’s essentially a contract with your students so you are all on the same page. It should be a complete outline of what your course is about, what you expect of your students, and what your students should expect of you. You’ll need to know what you need to put on your syllabus, as well as some helpful suggestions.
Without students, there would be no teaching. They are the reason we’re here! To be an effective teacher, it’s important to not only know the subject matter of your course but also who your learners are and what to expect of them.
Engaging students with one another and with course content increases the likelihood of achieving learning outcomes. Here, we offer resources that can help you consider your role in engaging students and consider strategies for involving students in your course — whether your course is in-person, socially distanced, or virtual.
Teaching is all about helping students learn and grow, but at some point we need to see what they have learned. Whether it’s tests, papers projects, or something else, this is when students are able to show off their new knowledge. It’s also where cheating happens. Here are some ideas for how to assess students and keep everyone honest.
The first step to facilitating a successful class is understanding how it fits into the bigger picture. Knowing what the expectations are for you and the course, as well as what resources are available to you, will help ensure your class runs as smoothly and effectively as possible.