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If this extensive collection of teaching mistakes does nothing else, it certainly demonstrates how many potholes and detours exist on the road to being an excellent educator.
Only teaching the same couple of classes semester after semester. Branching out and teaching a variety of classes helps brush you up on your on skills and can introduce you to a new variety of students.
Promising something and not delivering. The trust relationship with the student is destroyed by this. If you promise to post grades by a certain time, DO IT.
Say, as soon as possible. Or sometime before Friday. Instructors who do not do what they say they will do are not effective. Always standing behind the lecturn. Many students, both young and more mature, enter some classes with reservations.
One of many reasons is too many students hear or have heard horror stories about the professor. These stories automatically cause a stressful and stale environment. I have learned over the years that one of the best ways to combat this is by not separating myself from the students by spending all the class time standing behind the lectern.
A lectern can be an intimidating wall that separates the students from the professor. When they feel intimidated, they mentally isolate themselves. Professors should stand behind the lectern mostly when they need the book or some other tool in order to instruct.
Otherwise, they should move about and around the room in order to establish eye contact and physical contact with the entire class. For instance, if a concept is unclear, facial expressions communicate just that. On the other hand, when the students are connecting mentally, this shows as well.
Most of all, the environment becomes more conducive for learning because students feel less intimidated by the professor and the subject.
Lacking knowledge and preparation. Teaching is as much an art form as it is a technique. Effective teachers are able to display both and know that knowledge and preparation create the foundation for both.
Asking a simple question: Not having your facts straight. Nothing is more important than being really knowledgeable about the things you teach and having the best available facts and figures or scientific thinking available to share with your students.
First, giving wrong information is worse than not teaching at all! Secondly, if students notice that you are not really an expert on what you teach you probably have lost their trust and even made it harder for others to teach them.
Talking too much and doing too much. The more responsibility the students take to present, manipulate, debate, sum up, and draw conclusions about the information, the more they truly learn the material.
Student-centered classrooms look completely different and teachers become facilitators for the learning to take place. Relying too much on all the current pedagogical advice and not taking into account your own instincts, knowledge of your actual students, and personality.Similarly, math professors believe that math is a universal language, so foreign students won’t need extra time to solve the math problems.
At our community college, I teach developmental reading and writing and ESOL courses. It’s that time of year – testing season is upon us. I know that in Florida, the season starts with the Writing assessment and then moves on to the state Reading and Math assessments, and then finally the End of Course assessments and semester exams.
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In my opinion and experience, having students read “texts” they would not normally read has opened up their world to new ways of knowing, doing, and expressions, especially in Math, Science, and Social Studies as well as culture and language.
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