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Teaching Freshmen


Faculty Workshop Series on Teaching and Student Learning

Dr. De Gallow, Director, Instructional Resource Center University of California, Irvine.

The College of Humanities, Arts , and Social Sciences in collaboration with Computing and Communications hosted a presentation by Dr. De Gallow, Director, Instructional Resource Center University of California, Irvine, entitled:

Teaching Today's Freshmen

Video from the Presentation:
Teaching Tips

This page will be significantly expand to include many techniques (e.g., suggestions for helping freshmen learn) and success stories with teaching freshman but in the mean time...

The first day:

Manage your anxiety for as Mark Twain once said, "There are two kinds of public speakers – those who admit to their nervousness and liars." Your department has confidence in you, project that confidence and the students will too. So,

Believe in the importance of your teaching freshman. Your future graduate student is probably somewhere in there.

Memorize the first few minutes of your first lecture/presentation. Have a backup plan for delivering the material if all your audiovisual materials become 'unavailable'. Do not always rely on technology to work. At some point (usually the worst) it doesn't. Which leads to:

Test all audiovisual equipment. Needless to say, practice using the equipment before your first day. Avail yourself of the hands-on workshops given by the Multimedia Technology department.

Proofread all printed materials, syllabi, handouts, etc.. There is a typo in there somewhere and it is usually the worst kind.

Review your main points. Make it easy for them to recognize them

Finally, your appearance and demeanor the first day is how the student will ALWAYS remember you. At least this is something you have control over.

Powerpoint Slides:

De Gallow’s Powerpoint Slides


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