You have finished your Ph.D. and landed your first academic job. Scanning the fine print, you realize the introductory class you have been assigned to teach is being held in an auditorium. A really big auditorium. Panic begins to set in…. In this handy and practical book, Elisa Carbone offers a wealth of sound advice on how to deal with a large class, from the first day to end-of-semester evaluations. Full of examples taken from many different disciplines, Teaching Large Classes will be an ideal companion for any teacher facing the challenge of the large introductory class.
Chapter 1: Starting the Semester: The First Class
Starting the Semester: The First Class
You've been scheduled to teach a large lecture class MWF at 10:00 A.M. Do one or more of these dreams crop up for you before the first day of the semester?
Dream #1: On the morning of your first class you oversleep, get stuck in traffic, and can't find your room. You arrive 45 minutes late and all of your students have left.
Dream #2: You forget all about the class until 9:30 A.M., whereupon you drive to campus like a maniac and arrive only 10 minutes late. All of your students are still there, but when you step up to the lectern you realize that you haven't prepared a lecture. In fact, you don't even ...