Oct 18, 2016 12:45 AM EDT
What Instructors Can Do To Help Their Class Learn More, According To Students
Instructors have a great responsibility. They can either make or break their students' love for learning.
It was previously reported that learning is a two-way process. While educators should be able to promote learning, students should also look forward to learning something new in class every day. They should participate and ask questions. Moreover, students should learn to get help when they find a topic difficult and connect with their professors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education listed down 10 things that instructors can do to promote good learning in the classroom. Educators can follow these steps to help their students.
1. It's OK to be human. Students understand if you are having a bad day. However, continue to practice professionalism and don't let your personal troubles affect your professional life.
2. Remember your students' names. This will endear you more to them.
3. Know your students. Identify who are the shy ones and who are the outspoken ones in class. Through this, you can also spot who the natural leaders are who can help you facilitate the class.
4. Expect the best. Assume that your students want to learn in your class and are prepared to do so.
5. Create a learning environment that fosters mutual respect. This will make your students more comfortable to share their opinions.
6. Be aware that, sometimes, life can hinder students' learning. Take the time to find solutions to the problem.
7. Make realistic yet high expectations and hold every one of your students to them. Again, look at the bright side and stay positive.
8. Keep yourself from interrupting students when they are speaking just to get your point across. Yes, there will be times that you will need to redirect the discussion back on track but try to do it in the most respectful way possible.
9. Know that you don't need to share a comment all the time during discussions. Your guidance is more important.
10. If you listen more, you will get to know your students more. They will also feel that you value their opinions and comments.
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