Making Teaching Work provides a down-to-earth, jargon-free book for teaching staff in universities and colleges, and includes reference to some of the best modern literature on assessment, teaching and feedback. By focusing on the learner in a variety of situations and contexts, the book explores how teachers can help learners to make learning happen. The authors emphasise 'teaching smarter' - helping busy, hard-pressed teachers to increase the efficiency as well as effectiveness of their work. Written with both full-time and part-time staff in mind, this book allows teaching staff to balance the various tasks which make up their workload, including the increasing paperwork and administration they encounter whilst carrying out assessment, teaching and providing feedback to students. The book addresses a wide range of aspects of assessment, learning and teaching in post-compulsory education including:How to provide a supportive learning environment - including online learningHow to design and manage formative assessment and feedbackHow to support diverse students - including addressing and achieving student satisfactionDeveloping teaching - including lecturing, small-group teaching, supporting individual learning and dealing with disruptive studentsHow to use research to improve teachingCreatively designing curriculumPromoting student employabilityBroadening horizons - including widening and deepening participationAddressing and achieving student satisfactionIt is a self-sufficient and thought-provoking resource about teaching and learning for all practitioners in post-compulsory education.
Chapter 13: Onward and Upward!
Onward and Upward!
We hope that you have found in this book answers to some of your questions about teaching smarter, to help you to make your teaching work well. As we have stressed throughout, our main target is to do what we can to make sure that your students’ learning happens effectively, efficiently and not least, enjoyably.
If we were to offer succinct advice as to how to make your teaching work we would suggest as a basis the following:
Four Steps Toward Making your Teaching Work
1 Put yourself in your Students’ Shoes
You are likely to be dealing increasingly with more diverse and more demanding students. Don't assume that your own norms are universal. Invest time in getting to know your students. Listen to ...