What Makes a Good Instructor?
Although every faculty member is bound to have their own unique style of teaching, there are some similar traits of effective instructors.
- Develop a passion for students, teaching, and learning
- Give prompt feedback to students
- Develop a student-centered approach to learning
- Provide a non-threatening, welcoming environment
- Invite students to ask questions when they don't understand something
- Wait at least 30 second for students to respond to questions
- Learn about your students and what motivates them
- Teach students about self-efficacy and autonomous learning
- Understand and demonstrate sound pedagogy and andragogy
- Learn what your students know about the subject and scaffold activities for maximum learning
- Be sure your course learning outcomes are measurable
- Align your course learning outcomes, assessments, and course activities
- Follow the Registrar's Guidelines regarding grades.
- Continue professional development opportunities
- Keep a journal about your teaching experiences
- Invite a colleague to review your course designs and teaching and offer a peer review
- Read student evaluations
- Pray and ask God for guidance with your teaching and learning
- Find a willing and capable faculty mentor
- Continue to reflect on your teaching and develop an attitude of continual course improvement