Being a teacher in any capacity can be like taking on a well-fed, well-rested Dothraki horde with an inexperienced Casterly Rock Infantry. Now, being a college teacher can be compared to storming heavily-guarded King’s Landing with an army that has been done on by the travails of icy enemies. The nature of the students being taught at this level of education as well as the complex course structures, can be very challenging. Being a successful college teacher, therefore, requires extra practice, relentless devotion, and these five things.
Study Teaching And Learning Knowledge Base
Teachers should not just know how to teach, but also how to learn. If you want to be a successful college teacher, you need to study the bases of knowledge for these two aspects of academics and develop instructional strategies that cater to the student of today. You can brush up on relevant information from brochures, articles, conferences, letters and even CNN. There are various easy technologies you can use to make your lecture hall much more interesting and educational.
Keep Your Doors Open To Everyone
There are different kinds of students today, and some of them will not always be ready to learn. These ones will not come as prepared as they ought to be, armed with barely enough knowledge to understand the materials you will be teaching. There are others who lack the material but are willing to learn, and vice versa. Well, this diversity can unnerve college teachers, as most of them probably never thought they would have to teach students certain things being that they should have learned them in high school. But it’s important that you do your best to accommodate and help them.
Be Conscious Of Instructional Management
New college teachers perhaps were never told they would have to plan for classroom management. The 21st-century university has changed, and students need to be put in the know of what’s up. Provide a visual outline of what will take place in class, as it will help students keep to tabs with the lesson and stay on top of their academics. The distribution of material, attendance, classroom discussions, and even impromptu tests need to be part of the instructional management. Syllabi policies should also be taken into account.
This is undoubtedly not the first time you’re seeing something like this, but you probably never knew it contributes to your success as a college teacher. Students like to update themselves on their grades online and know how well they are doing academically. It then becomes your responsibility as their teacher to take continuous assessment with utmost seriousness. Make grading policies crystal clear and the scales friendly for them to use. Share information with them regularly and educate them on how to improve where necessary. Help them understand that assessment helps them know their achievements and drawbacks.
Keep The Fire Burning
To be and remain successful, a college teacher needs to remain ardent and committed to the cause. It can be easy to become discouraged by the performance and behaviors of the students, the nature of the institution or the stress associated with the line of work, but if you want to be someone who students and other teachers can look up to, you need to remain passionate and hold onto what initially drew you into the academic profession. Remember that you are educating and shaping the lives of tomorrow’s leaders, scientists, and teachers.