Getting off to a good start
Getting off to a good start is very important; first impressions can make a big difference to how readily your students engage with your course. When you begin teaching, think about how you will create a classroom environment conducive to learning, develop a rapport with your students, build trust and respect, and clarify your expectations.
In these 9 videos, teachers offer useful comments and tips on getting started, setting ground rules and boundaries, staying in touch, building respect and trust in the classroom, and engaging students in learning.
Well before the start of Semester, begin planning your course by considering the following:
What do I want my students to learn?
(see Constructing Learning Objectives)
How will my course be structured so they learn these things?
(see UNSW Course Outline Template)
How do I want my students to learn?
(see Teaching Approaches and Strategies)
Which technologies do I want to incorporate into my course?
(see eLearning - TELT)
How will I tell whether my students achieved the course learning outcomes?
(see UNSW Assessment as Learning Toolkit)
The following checklists will help you in the planning stages of your teaching: