It’s the Little Things That Count in Teaching

Line up course readings. Plan the syllabus. Design lesson plans and homework assignments. Those are some of the big-picture elements that we all fret over as college instructors preparing for the fall semester. But as teachers of writing and rhetoric, we’ve come to realize the crucial role of the (often overlooked) “little” things.

Attention to those peripheral details can lead to a much richer learning experience for students and a much more enjoyable teaching experience for instructors.

Arrive to class early and linger afterward. Oh, the things you can hear and learn in just a few minutes before and after class. That is when important bonding and chat time can occur. A few suggestions: <Read more.>

Via Steven J. Corbett and Michelle LaFrance, The Chronicle of Higher Education.