May 16, 2009

Who Cares?

According to a Web page dedicated to teaching tips for instructors, caring for the student is suggested as “the single most important ingredient for effective teaching.” Here are their suggestions as to how to show students they matter:

  • Take their questions and concerns seriously. If you don’t know the answer to a question, promise to find out and share the answer during the next class session.
  • Organize and prepare well for each class session, using handouts, outlines, audiovisual materials, or other instructional materials that go beyond the assigned readings.
  • Make yourself available to students after class and between sessions, taking time to learn their names and get to know them personally. By demonstrating that you respect and care about students, you increase the chances that they will become engaged in the class, and you open the door to relationships in which you learn from students just as they learn from you.