Help the new prof



For the first time, I will be teaching a class at out local community college for the fall term. It is called Cornerstone here, and is the basic freshman success class that is now mandatory in many schools.

I’m looking for suggestions from experienced teachers on activities and resources I can use besides lectures. I want to keep the students engaged.

Some of the topics I’ll be covering are time management, diversity, critical thinking, financial literacy, and careers.

What about it, fellow educators? Any ideas you’d like to share?


4 thoughts on “Help the new prof

  1. However you choose to teach, my recommendation (from having taught for ten years) is to have a clear objective for each lesson, and write it out plainly for students to see, i.e., “By the end of this lesson, you will know and be able to…” Then make a list of activities that will lead to that outcome, and a demonstration of what they have learned (on the part of the students) at the end. You probably knew that! But it’s good to rely on tried and true methods.

  2. First, I’d like you to take prepare for class before entering the class everyday. You surely don’t want your students to ask you questions that can throw you off balance.

    Like Shoshanah27 said, write out at least 6 objectives you intend to achieve at the end of the class with students.

    After you must have done that, at each step during the lesson, you need to evaluate them. Ask them questions. This implies that you need to prepare your questions.

    Do set induction! i.e arouse their interests in what you’re trying to teach them! (Pls Google that for more info). You can tell them short humorous stories intermittently (must be related to what you’re teaching them)

    If need be, use instructional materials, pictures, a projector if necessary. pardon my punctuation errors!(in a bit of a hurry).

    also ask them tricky puzzles or riddles when it comes to the part of critical thinking. For careers, you can tell them the benefits of the career, what it entails and so on…

    Gotta go now… Good luck.

    NB: I’m just about to receive my bachelors degree in Education.

    From @littlechibz

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