It is entirely too bad teaching (and children … but I digress!) do not come with complete handbooks. Imagine what you could achieve! Imagine how incredibly successful both you and your students could be inside and outside the classroom. What is that small handful of quick links you can visit for tips and strategies to take some of the mystery out of the first terms of your teaching career?
Here are the three I found loaded with a wealth of information that can make you feel like a pro in your first years in the profession, or if you are a seasoned educator, they can give you some new perspectives and ideas for connecting with and supporting the twenty-first century learner.
1. Honolulu Community College’s Teaching Tips Index
This was (and remains) one of my first go-to sites. I learned about it when I found a first day activity that helped my students (and me!) get off on the right foot several years ago in a college success class.
A few of the topics covered are how to prepare a course syllabus, activities and strategies for the first day of class, how to address plagiarism, practices for encouraging critical thinking in students … and speaking of whom, there is a full section devoted to providing helpful links for students!
2. Eberly Center’s Teaching Excellence & Education Innovation “Solve a Teaching Problem” Portal
Do you have a habitually late student? Is there one who monopolizes class time? Or do you have one whose writing skills could use some help? Find answers to these teaching challenges and more. Whatever your teaching challenge, it is listed on this site along with practical, useful approaches to address it.
Your students have all those different devices, and you would love to take advantage of their connectivity as well as further your institution’s mission to infuse technology into the classroom. What might give you pause is trying to figure out where to start. This site streamlines the process for you where you choose one of two routes: search for apps based on the mobile device you and/or students use, or find apps based on the type of activity in which you want your students to engage, e.g., learn math, improve their organization, or create ebooks.
What is your list of three go-to sites to support great teaching?