Teaching Suggestions from a Student Perspective:
A list of “Dos” and “Don’ts” from two upper division students at the U of...
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Large Enllment Courses: Suggestions from Students

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Large Enllment Courses: Suggestions from Students

  1. 1. Teaching Suggestions from a Student Perspective: A list of “Dos” and “Don’ts” from two upper division students at the U of M. General Things • Respect confidentiality when returning exams and assignments. • Check the prerequisites for your class and teach appropriately. • The syllabus should be a binding contract. • Keep to your class/material. Do not force your mentorship on students. • Know when the class ends and do not run overtime. Use of Web Resources • Post all important announcements online or email the class. • Post answer keys on the class website soon after exams. Post the point breakdown if possible. At least post the answer keys once the exams are graded and returned. • Post all grades for the class online – not just the hour exam grades. Grading • Give grade guarantees at the beginning of the class (i.e. “If you earn a 90% in this class, you are guaranteed at least an A-). • Clearly explain your grading system at the beginning of the class, and in the syllabus. The systems outlined in the syllabus & in class should be consistent. • Keep all portions of the grading system concrete, objective, and public. Interactions with the Class and Students • Don't publicly humiliate students during class, even if they ask a stupid question or can’t answer a question. Also, never ask a student a personal question in front of the whole class. • Talk to your TAs about interacting politely with students (in person and over email, Moodle forums, etc.). Exams • State exam times in the syllabus and don't reschedule unless absolutely necessary. • Don't give group exams. • Don't give an exam that hasn't been proofread by another professor or TA. • Don't give cumulative series of questions (building on each other) on exams.

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