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Paul Wright August 19, 2009 Lindenwood University Faculty Workshop

TOP 10 List of Things To Do On First Day of Class

#10. If someone asks a question, walk silently over to their seat, hand them your piece of chalk, and ask, "Would YOU like to give the lecture, Mr.

#9. Wear mirrored sunglasses and speak only in Turkish. Ignore all questions.
#8. Announce that you need to deliver two lectures that day, and deliver them in rapid-fire auctioneer style. #7. Show a video on medieval torture implements to your calculus class. Giggle throughout it. #6. Give an opening monologue. Take two minute "commercial breaks" every ten minutes.

TOP 10 List of Things To Do On First Day of Class

#5 Bring a CPR dummy to class and announce that it will be the teaching assistant for the semester. Assign it an office and office hours. #4 Gradually speak softer and softer and then suddenly point to a student and scream "YOU! WHAT DID I JUST SAY?" #3 Deliver your lecture through a hand puppet. If a student asks you a question directly, say in a high-pitched voice, "The Professor can't hear you, you'll have to ask *me*, Winky Willy".

#2 Ask for a volunteer for a demonstration. Ask them to fill out a waiver as you put on a lead apron and light a blowtorch. #1 Jog into class, rip the textbook in half, and scream, "Are you pumped? ARE YOU PUMPED? I CAN'T HEEEEEEAR YOU!"

Presentation Outline
Teaching or Entertaining?
Sports Psychology for Teachers Goal Setting & The Law of Attraction Success Cycle Flow Model Multiple Intelligence Theory The Interactive Class-Rooms Ideas from the

Trenches Summing Up Three Things

Teaching or Entertaining?

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It's about not only motivating students to learn, but teaching them how to learn, and doing so in a manner that is relevant, meaningful, and memorable. It's about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students. Dr. Richard LeBlanc

Goal Setting and the Law of Attraction

S.M.A.R.T.s of Goal Setting
Law of Attraction Believe Receive Achieve

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

TWO. Good teaching is about substance and treating students as consumers of knowledge. It's about doing your best to keep on top of your field, reading sources, inside and outside of your areas of expertise, and being at the leading edge as often as possible. But knowledge is not confined to scholarly journals. Good teaching is also about bridging the gap between theory and practice. It's about leaving the ivory tower and immersing oneself in the field, talking to, consulting with, and assisting practitioners, and liaisoning with their communities.

The Success Cycle

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

Good teaching is about listening, questioning, being responsive, and remembering that each student and class is different. It's about eliciting responses and developing the oral communication skills of the quiet students. It's about pushing students to excel; at the same time, it's about being human, respecting others, and being professional at all times.


Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

Good teaching is about not always having a fixed agenda and being rigid, but being flexible, fluid, experimenting, and having the confidence to react and adjust to changing circumstances. It's about getting only 10 percent of what you wanted to do in a class done and still feeling good. It's about deviating from the course syllabus or lecture schedule easily when there is more and better learning elsewhere. Good teaching is about the creative balance between being an authoritarian dictator on the one hand and a pushover on the other.

High Bar vs. Slanty Bar

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

Good teaching is also about style. Should good teaching be entertaining? You bet! Does this mean that it lacks in substance? Not a chance! Effective teaching is not about being locked with both hands glued to a podium or having your eyes fixated on a slide projector while you drone on. Good teachers work the room and every student in it. They realize that they are the conductors and the class is the orchestra. All students play different instruments and at varying proficiencies.

Multiple Intelligence Theory!

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

This is very important -- good teaching is about humor. It's about being self-deprecating and not taking yourself too seriously. It's often about making innocuous jokes, mostly at your own expense, so that the ice breaks and students learn in a more relaxed atmosphere where you, like them, are human with your own share of faults and shortcomings.

Ideas from the Trenches!

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

Good teaching is about caring, nurturing, and developing minds and talents. It's about devoting time, often invisible, to every student. It's also about the thankless hours of grading, designing or redesigning courses, and preparing materials to still further enhance instruction.

Using Technology



Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

Good teaching is supported by strong and visionary leadership, and very tangible institutional support -resources, personnel, and funds. Good teaching is continually reinforced by an overarching vision that transcends the entire organization -- from full professors to part-time instructors -- and is reflected in what is said, but more importantly by what is done.

Using Personal Narrative

Story-Telling Metaphors Personal Experience

Guest Lecturers
Student Experiences

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

Good teaching is about mentoring between senior and junior faculty, teamwork, and being recognized and promoted by one's peers. Effective teaching should also be rewarded, and poor teaching needs to be remediated through training and development programs.

Class Activities
**Games** Questions -- Direct Small Group Discussion Presentations Experiential Learning Field Trips Debates

Help Students Find their inner strengths and passions in order to nurture self-worth and identity. Have a voice in their own learning and to negotiate collectively with the teacher to create their class goals. Passionately engage in TALKING content to increase their memory retention and to fuel motivation to learn. Use their gifts and inner talents to bring their work and efforts to the highest level of scholarship attainable.

Good Teaching Top 10 Requirements

At the end of the day, good teaching is about having fun, experiencing pleasure and intrinsic rewards ... like locking eyes with a student in the back row and seeing the synapses and neurons connecting, thoughts being formed, the person becoming better, and a smile cracking across a face as learning all of a sudden happens. Good teachers practice their craft not for the money or because they have to, but because they truly enjoy it and because they want to. Good teachers couldn't imagine doing anything else.

On the average, students in college will remember /learn just three (3) things from any college class they have taken. Unfortunately those three things are usually the grade they got, their opinion of the instructor, and if we are fortunate the instructors name.

What if those three things were: -- How to communicate more appropriately? -- How to write more effectively? -- How to think more creatively?
I believe that I have something profound to pass on to every student that walks through my door. The trick is to have them leave with it firmly engrained in their proverbial back-pocket.

Hey Coach, Its Glenn **** from your Sports Psychology. I just wanted to write you because it's been about a month now since school got out. I have made huge changes in my life since our last class so I thought you would be interested in hearing. First, I haven't touched a video game since our last day of class and I have had a girlfriend now for 3 1/2 weeks. I haven't stayed up past 1 in a month and every day I have been training with a firefighter my Dad works with for a Tri-athalon (if thats how you spell it lol) on July 19th. I run three miles every morning at 9. I was really writing to credit you for pushing me to turn myself around although I was still very happy in life during school I am a lot more pleased with myself now. So I told myself when school let out that I was gonna change and write you in a month so I was just letting you know where I stand. I have your motto posted up on my wall and look at it every day "You are a product of your thoughts and dreams." Thanks for teaching us how to become better people.