are some ways to apply what you've learned ...
Plan an "Ice
Breaker." An ice breaker can make such an
important contribution to building community in the classroom
that we risk repetition by mentioning it here. It
is wise to select one that indicates to students the type
of person you are or helps them begin thinking about your
subject. For ideas see:
Be sure to send us your best ice
breakers. Use the link at the end of the page.
Be prepared in advance for crisis.
Be familiar with procedures and locations. Brief
your class on what they should do. Remember that
in most colleges, faculty should not leave the classroom
to get help and should make sure all their students have
evacuated the room if necessary. They may be adults,
but you are often legally responsible for their well being.
Tell your students in advance who to call on their cell
phones, or plan who goes for help. The best defense
in a crisis is good preparation.
View a check
list to assess if your course goals and learning
objectives are complete.
Free Speakers: Members
of your campus community are often delighted to have the
opportunity to speak for a few moments with your class.
This is particularly true if you teach a large introductory
class. Many years ago I once asked the college President
to talk about bureaucracy to my Public Administration
class. I'm told he took the opportunity so seriously
that he involved the research librarians and others in
the administration in his preparation. The class
was thrilled with his presentation and learned a great
deal about a subject they could directly relate to as
he discussed not only campus issues, but also how campus
decisions were impacted by the state, and city.
Business classes might find a presentation by the college's
financial officers equally helpful. Be sure to keep
the topic focused and relevant to your class. Prepare
students in advance and encourage them to prep questions
that are germane to your subject and do not drift into
complaints about unrelated issues. (Contributed
by Kristina Kauffman, Riverside Community College)