Teacher 1: hey Teacher 2!
Teacher 2: hey!
Teacher 1: teaching my first class in 2 hours. Got any advice?
Teacher 2: wow!
don’t forget the bring the syllabus!
what kind of class is it
Teacher 1: lol thanks!
Teacher 2: small, big? intro? advanced?
Teacher 1: [advanced college class] Kinda my dream class. about 10 juniors and seniors
Teacher 2: how long is the class?
meets once a week?
Teacher 1: just shy of 2 hrs
twice a week
Teacher 2: two hours twice a week?
or one hour each session?
Teacher 1: 4 hours total
Teacher 2: wow
Teacher 1: yeah!
Teacher 2: what students need more than anything is three things. you ready?
Teacher 1: yes
Teacher 2: one: set high expectations for everyone in the class. tell them they are high standards, tell them why you are expecting so much for them
two: tell them that you know every single student is capable of that work. then in the next week, make sure you touch base with each student and tell them knowingly that you know they individually can do the work.
Teacher 1: ok!
Teacher 2: three: then work your ass off to scaffold their learning (we love this term.. it just means think about each step of the process for doing a complex task and teach students how to do it)
make sure that each student gets the extra help and practice they need to make up for their deficits
above all else: students want a teacher who believes they are capable of great things and they want to trust that you will support them to get there
Teacher 1: awesome – i’m gonna copy/paste that!
Teacher 2: and then of course you don’t have to worry about the other things because you’re a natural… things like humor, interesting ideas, etc.
Teacher 1: (it’s been a long time since intro to ed!)
Teacher 2: they’ll go along with you because you’ll treat them right
and bring them things that are worthy of study
that’s my three-minute speal
Teacher 1: awesome!
you’ve done more to prepare me than any of the new faculty orientation stuff!
(it’s kind of trial by fire here)
Teacher 2: well, happy to help
and happy you asked 🙂
your students will be great, and you’ll be great today. it will be a lot of fun!
Teacher 1: thanks!