So I started on Wednesday last week, co-teaching my first class. It was the standard intro class where we went over the topics covered and what to expect out of class. Overall I didn’t have much interaction with the class, but I did get a good feeling for what I would need to do when I’m on my own.
- Be Prepared, just because you have been teaching the class for years doesn’t mean you can’t forget somethings on day one. While you can hit all the major points there can be plenty of smaller mentions for seeds later on that can get overlooked.
- Get Students Involved, from simple things like asking them about themselves and why they are here, to completing their first hands on a common task for the class. In PC Hardware they disassembled a PC and rebuilt it on the first day.
- Meet College Standards, if it is common to have a syllabus for the class then have one, even if its only electronic, so the students can be sure that they are following and where they need to be. Not every student is going to be online 24×7 and some prefer to do their studying away from the computer.
These are just my initial observations from the first class. My other observation is that I really need to work on my handwriting to make sure it can be read from across the room. Well even up close for that matter. Stay tuned, more to come.