Coming to class and immediately lecturing on a topic is annoying and down right unpleasant for students. You’ll probably be either hated or loved- depending on how the student learns.
There are several methods to attract the attention of the students.
- Involve them in discussion – ask them to introduce themselves
- Allow them time to think and write about themselves, before introducing themself
- Help identify why what the student is learning is important
- Not everyone will be a master of what you are teaching so provide an introduction
- Remember to set expectations on how you want your students to perform
- What climate do you want: intense and formal, personal and humorous, etc…
- Whatever the environment set the tone early
- Establish good rapport with your students – this depends on what type of students you have
- Teaching is a relationship – It’s best to share a bit about yourself and remember a bit about the students – take notes!
- You can let the students introduce each other – you can introduce yourself as an example
- Korea almost forces students to be submissive and quiet, it may be a good idea to help them break out of this mold
- While introducing yourself it may also be good to establish your own credibility – where you went to school, what you studied, where you have traveled, prior work experience, research and publications you work on, and perhaps why they should listen to you.
- It is important to provide administrative information
- Generally teachers will use a syllabus – What reading materials the students will need, what kind of homework will be involved, office hours, where your office is located, how grades will be determined, policies on attendance, late work, make up exams, etc…
- You may also want to consider how the knowledge they are learning is connected to what they may be learning in other classes or life in general.
If you take into account this information, you are bound to have a good time teaching. Best of luck!
Inspiration: University of Hawaii