Are you new to teaching college courses and lectures? Teaching at the college level can be very rewarding and more than a little daunting. Here are some tips for new professors when standing up in front of a lecture room full of students for the first time.
1. It’s OK to be nervous- Standing in front a room of people is always a bit nerve racking, but above all else you must exude confidence! Students need to know that you are an expert in your field, especially during the beginning of a semester.
2. Innovate- Sitting for two hours and listening to a lecture can be less than entertaining. More and more professors are implementing multimedia into lectures. Video, for example, will continue to play an important role in education.
3. Don’t over-prepare– Spending to much time preparing for a lesson may overwhelm you when the school year rolls around. Prepare your course outline and learning expectations early, develop an assessment standard, and take it one step at a time.
4. Be honest- If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t fuddle an answer. Instead, just say, “Let me get back to you.” You don’t want to lose credibility by giving a false answer.
Above all else make the lecture fun! Get creative in your lesson plans and make use of all resources available to you.
To find more tips for new professors and other resources, contact us at Labyrinth Learning to see how we can help you prepare for the school year.