Happy New Year, and welcome to the start of another great year of programming at PACE.
Over the holiday break I had an opportunity to catch up on some reading, in particular this article that was shared with me by one of our instructors:
It has some great tips and reminders for instructors at all levels of experience. In particular, three stood out for me:
- Teach from the heart
- Practice vulnerability without sacrificing credibility
- Avoid using the same approach for everyone
Teaching from the heart, teaching with passion, how ever you phrase it, is often cited by students as a reason why they enjoy particular courses. Having an enthusiasm for the topic and the group helps keep students engaged, which helps with learning.
Admitting vulnerability is about not being perfect. We are all human, and we don’t know everything. It’s okay to tell the class, on occasion, that you don’t know the answer to something, or that you’ve misspoken – but find the right answer after!
Varying your approach is a key part of teaching. Not everyone is going to learn the same way, have a variety of teaching methods in your day. Use different examples. Try to incorporate something for everyone (visual, auditory, tactile, note taking, etc.)
Check out the article for more tips and examples of how to make your teaching more impactful.