Introduction to Teaching
In this section, you can learn more about:
- Writing Learning Outcomes
- Creating a Lesson Plan
- Course Design
- Writing a Syllabus
- Creating Assessment and Evaluation Assignments
- The First Day and Icebreaker Activities for the College Classroom
- Teaching Styles
- Universal Design for Learning
- Making Lectures Dynamic and Participatory
As the beginning point of designing a course, these links provide information on how to identify your goals for the class and articulate them as specific learning outcomes and objectives.
- Writing Learning Outcomes
- Identifying Learning Objectives
- Selecting Instructional Strategies That Fit Objectives
- Writing Clear Objectives
After establishing your goals for the class, you can begin to draft a lesson plan to help your students meet those outcomes.
- Preparing a Lesson Plan and Lesson Plan Templates
- Lesson Plan Format
- Designing and Evaluating Online Learning Resources
- Sample Lesson Plans
These sites provide specific information on how to transform the written objectives into a course structure and implement the objectives through class activities and assignments.
As the foundation of the course, the syllabus relays important information to the students regarding the format and structure of the course, and also establishes teacher expectations. These sites will walk you through the process of creating a successful syllabus for the classroom.
To evaluate the competence of the student, the teacher must create various assignments and exams throughout the semester. These sites provide practical guides on how to create successful homework assignments, projects, tests, and other forms of student evaluation.
- Planning Student Assignments
- Planning Student Projects
- Assess Students
- Improving Multiple Choice Questions
- Writing and Grading Essay Questions
These sites provide ideas for getting started, setting the tone for your course, and getting to know your students.
- A Classroom Icebreaker with a Lesson that Lasts
- The First Day: Activities and Icebreakers for the First Day
- Make the Most of the First Day of Class
The following links provide information on several teaching styles and how they affect the classroom. The bottom link provides a self-test that allows the instructor to determine their own teaching style.
- Grasha's Five Teaching Styles
- Felder and Solomon's Teaching Styles
- Teaching Perspectives Inventory(self-test)
This learning module from San Francisco State University will show you how to create an inclusive learning environment to reach students of diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and physical or sensory abilities.
The following resources provide activities and ideas for breaking up the monotony and "information transfer" approach of lectures, engouraging students to become more involved and actively participate in lecture courses.
- Pedagogy in Action: Interactive Lectures
- Resources to Meet the Challenges of Lecturing
- Twenty Ways to Make Lectures More Participatory
- Large Class FAQ: Student Involvement/Participation (pdf)
- Tomorrow's Professor: Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures