Preparing To Teach

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Preparing to step into the classroom at the beginning of a semester requires instructors to consider a plethora of issues that impact both the teaching approach and learning activities of a course. Example considerations include: how to develop course content; organizing content in a manageable way for effective teaching and student learning; choosing teaching and learning strategies that will align assessment and evaluation methods with course objectives; determining how to make learning accessible to all students in the course; writing well-constructed assignments and exams; and creating a syllabus that conveys the right message about the course including what students can expect. It is also important to consider how you will build rapport with students and support their learning starting on the first day of class.

A useful and comprehensive resource used in CELT programming is A Practical Handbook for Educators: Designing Learning (2011) by Liesel Knaack. The book is in an easy-to-access format with lots of information, visual organizers, short reflective activities, and ‘Top 10 chapter tips.

This section of the website features content that will help instructors prepare to teach a course and includes: