Dr. Malgorzata Dubiel is the University Teaching Fellow and a Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Science. She is a recipient of the 3M National Fellowship and SFU Teaching Excellence Award.
- Clearly explain your expectations, both in writing (handout, WebCT, etc.) and verbally, during the first class and then repeat relevant points when needed (after midterms?).
- Try to include all students in the lecture, even in a large class. Eye contact, even brief, is important – try to look at as many students in turn as you can. In a large class, talk to and look at the last rows most of the time rather than just at the first one or two.
- Students will understand and remember a new concept better if you start with a question. Think of a good (interesting, relevant; maybe unexpected?) question and give the students a little time to reflect on it before you answer it (or have them answer it if appropriate).
- Be yourself. We all had great teachers that we’ve admired and who inspired us, but their style or personality may be very different from ours. Find your own way to be like them.
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