I thought the most useful thing I could do for you, my reader(s), would be to sum up my top teaching tips in one post and elaborate on some of the experiences a bit later on. I hope you'd all agree with my strategy here, but your approval doesn't really matter much anyway because you don't get to read this until it's finished...so yeah, on we go!
Tip #1: Be organized.
Before you think I'm copping out on a good tip, hear me out. The number one thing that I've found that really bugs the crap out of students is when their instructor seems unprepared for the day. There is nothing more worrisome than feeling like you have a better handle on the situation than the person who is supposed to be imparting wisdom, knowledge, and guidance. "I mean, this is supposed
Tip #2: Tell Your students how long that particular class is going to take.
Tip #3: Have fun and make it memorable.
One of my favorite parts about teaching is seeing a student's eyes light up as something finally clicks into place in their brains. There truly is nothing so satisfying as teaching someone something new, whether it be how to knead bread dough, fill up a car with gas, why biologists use gel electrophoresis, or tie a sneaker knot. And you know, I think what makes that moment feel so special is that you've finally figured out what works for that student, whether its some kind of new visual aid, a video or sound clip, or even just using a different tone of voice.