Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Memory lane - Things I will not do as a teacher
Most of my teaching philosophy is based on research and what I've learned while teaching. But a good chunk of it is still rooted, sometimes illogically, in my own experiences as a student.
While reading through some of my old journals, I came across this, in list form of course:
R 3/31/05 11:40pm
Things I will not do as a teacher:
-Announce exams with just a week notice.
-Announce homework with just a day notice.
-Skip essential steps in understanding something.
-Be late or start class late.
-Assign a text that is no longer in print.
-Say things like “obviously” or “clearly” as the only way to explain something.
-Write illegibly small or messy.
-Make my alpha’s look like 2’s.
-Lecture straight from the text.
-Use PowerPoint to do examples or proofs.
-Announce class news only online and not in class.
-Have set office hours, whether students come in to them or not.
-Wait for the student to come to me for questions.
-Say “um” or “ok” or “uh” etc every three words.
-Be a ‘sage on the stage.’
-Never waste class time by having students do homework assignments and walk around asking if they understand, especially when clearly they don’t.
-Condescend. Tell students they can’t learn without a teacher. Tell students they can’t learn something, anything that they wish.