Northwestern Polytechnic University

In Cooperation with
DiWan University
Lee Winters, MD, MBA

Faculty Professional Development
for DiWan University Professors


Agenda for this week
Instructing Instructors How to Teach Building a Course Using Bloom’s Taxonomy Effective Teaching Strategies for Adults Preparing for the first class Assesment and Evaluation of Student Learning Agenda for Next Week Standard American English: Pronunciation and Accent Reduction

Motivating Students 4. Dealing With Disengaged Students 3 . Effective Teaching Environment 2. Effective Presentation 3.Today’s Topics 1.

Good teaching is about listening. questioning. and remembering that each student and class is different 4 . being responsive. Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason 2. Good teaching is about substance and treating students as consumers of knowledge 3.GOOD TEACHING: THE TOP TEN REQUIREMENTS 1.

good teaching is about humor 5 . but being flexible.GOOD TEACHING: THE TOP TEN REQUIREMENTS (Con’t) 4. and having the confidence and flexibility to react and adjust to changing circumstances 5. experimenting. Very important -. fluid. Good teaching is also about style 6. Good teaching is about not always having a fixed agenda and being rigid.

and developing minds and talents 8. and very tangible institutional support 6 .GOOD TEACHING: THE TOP TEN REQUIREMENTS (Con’t) 7. Good teaching is supported by strong and visionary leadership. Good teaching is about caring. nurturing.

At the end of the day. good teaching is about having fun 7 . teamwork. Good teaching is about mentoring between senior and junior faculty. and being recognized and promoted by one's peers 10.GOOD TEACHING: THE TOP TEN REQUIREMENTS (Con’t) 9.

Involve students quickly 2.What can we do on the first day of class? What should we do? 1. Establish rapport 5. Identify the value and importance of the subject 3. Set expectations 4. Reveal something about yourself 8 .

Establish your own credibility 7. Introduce the subject matter. 10. Provide administrative information 9. Establish the "climate" for the class 8. Find common ground 9 .What can we do on the first day of class? What should we do? 6.

Practice Your Presentation 4. Plan Your Presentation Carefully 2. Talk to Your Audience 6. Speak Comfortably and Clearly 5. Enjoy Your Presentation 10 .Effective Presentation Preparation 1. Know Your Audience 3.

Seven words a line. Include Any Necessary Information 2. Slide Contents Should be Self Evident 3. seven lines a slide 11 .Effective Presentation (Con’t) Effective Slides 1. Avoid mega data slides 4.

Graphics need to be big and bold 12 . Present information graphically 2.Effective Presentation (Con’t) Graphics 1. Art can illustrate a point 3.

Limit use of colors 6. Font size communicate importance 13 . Use a template for your slides 2. Use the right colors 4. Template provide design 3. Logo in bottom right corner 5.Effective Presentation (Con’t) Template 1.

Capitalize on students' existing needs 2. Ask students to analyze what makes their classes more or less "motivating. 4. 5. Synthesize your presentation and class discussion based on your analysis.Motivating Students 1. Make students active participants in learning 3. 14 . Evaluate and modify as needed.

Incorporating Instructional Behaviors That Motivate Students 1. Help students set achievable goals for themselves 3. Tell students what they need to do to succeed in your course 4. 2. Challenge them. and show it 15 . build their curiosity. Avoid creating intense competition among students 6. Strengthen students' self-motivation 5. Be enthusiastic about your subject. Hold high but realistic expectations for your students.

2. Interests. let students have some say in choosing what will be studied 3. and curiosities. Work from students' strengths. Vary your teaching methods often 16 . When possible.Structuring the Course to Motivate Students 1. Increase the difficulty of the material as the semester progresses 4.

) 5.Structuring the Course to Motivate Students (cont. 17 . 10 minutes to come up with five characteristics. Example: What do you think are five important characteristics of a business leader? (for a basic management class) Give the students 5 minutes to get acquainted. Ask the groups of four students to define a topic you will introduce. Have discussion groups where you find common ground on the new topic.

As instructor. ake 10 minutes and call randomly on students to report from their discussion groups what they listed and discuss which are most important.) Then. be prepared to add some characteristics that were not mentioned. See the overlap in groups. 18 .Structuring the Course to Motivate Students (cont.

Using leadership as an example. Or. have students compare Ex-President George W. Steve Jobs of Apple with Larry Ellison of Oracle. 19 .) 6. Bush’s leadership style with President Barack Obama’s leadership style.Structuring the Course to Motivate Students (cont. Use topics in conjunction with current events.

Avoid using grades as threats 20 . Design tests that encourage the kind of learning you want students to achieve 3. Emphasize mastery and learning rather than grades 2.De-emphasizing Grades 1.

Focus on: Turning in homework on time. Students see through it. Offer challenges in the assignments not just busy work.De-emphasizing Grades (cont. Using the proper format. Grades should reflect accomplishment in learning the material and developing the behavior that will be successful in the workplace. 21 . and Following directions.) 4.

Introduce students to the good work done by their peers.Motivating Students by Responding to Their Work 1. Be specific when giving negative feedback. 2. 3. Avoid giving in to students' pleas for "the answer" to homework problems. 22 . Give students useful feedback as quickly as possible. Use the indirect approach. Avoid demeaning comments 5. 4.

Assign the reading and homework at least two sessions before it will be discussed.Motivating Students to Do the Reading 1. 5. have students turn in brief notes on the day's reading that they can use during exams. Assign critical thinking and study questions. Use in-class discussion groups to discuss the reading and report back comments to the class. If your class is small. 4. 23 . 2. 3. Ask nonthreatening questions about the reading or in a quiz format.

Dealing With Disengaged Students 1. Take advantage of students' existing skills. Consider using the students to help teach. knowledge and experience. 24 . One of the most basic things to do is get to know your students and get them to know each other. Have a few students present a topic from a new chapter each week. Assess their progress often via tests. 4. 2. class participation and assignments 3.

Take Away From the class 25 .

Thank You 26 .