The Frame

The frame…

  • Teach in character:  Be yourself.
  • Adapt your style to your audience: Adapt teaching “tricks” from others – don’t “adopt” them wholesale.
  • Be Respectful
    • Of students and their opinions.
    • Of student diversity.
    • Of the faculty team.
    • Of program goals.
  • Be Organized
    • Prepare lecture notes, case plan, game process.
    • Prepare for common questions.
    • Keep notes in good order.
    • Use a class agenda.
    • Hand out as many materials/assignments as possible at the start of the term – and don’t change them unless absolutely necessary!
    • Prepare for different “paths” through the material.
  • Set the Tone Early
    • Set high expectations.
    • Be friendly, but be clear about who’s in charge.
    • Be clear about your grading criteria.
    • Think about your goals and plan/implement tactics in the first class (particularly for class participation.
      • “Cold calling.”
      • Depth of analysis behind responses.
      • Be tougher with grading early;  it’s easier to curve up than down!
  • Be Accessible and Responsive
    • Offer reasonable office hours.
    • Use technology.
      • E-mail.
      • Course support software.
  • Solicit feedback early in the term.
    • Use a method that provides actionable information (Start-Stop-Continue).
    • Be clear about what you are willing – and not willing – to change.
  • Reinforce!
    • “Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them.”
    • Use class agenda.
    • Summarize at end of class (you or student).
    • Connect to other classes. 
  • Think About Relevance
    • Connect to the “real world.”
    • Consider the age of materials;  if age doesn’t matter, discuss it in class!
  • Be Fair
    • Plan assignments to make it possible for students with strengths in different areas to be successful (papers, exams, class participation) – and to minimize the risk of cheating.
    • Grade thoughtfully – and make it your practice not to change grades (unless, of course, you made a mistake).
    • Remember students are taking other classes, too!
    • Don’t burden students with busywork.
  • Teach, Don’t Tell