How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching College: Everything You Need to Know That They Don't Teach You in Schoolby Terry Webster
Imagine yourself in front of a classroom on the first day of your career as a college instructor. You pass your new set of students a fresh copy of the syllabus that you spent hours perfecting over the summer. You introduce yourself and begin getting to know your students. You make them laugh by telling stories of yourself and by asking about their summers. By the
Imagine yourself in front of a classroom on the first day of your career as a college instructor. You pass your new set of students a fresh copy of the syllabus that you spent hours perfecting over the summer. You introduce yourself and begin getting to know your students. You make them laugh by telling stories of yourself and by asking about their summers. By the end of the class, the students are intrigued and the classroom is alive with an active discussion.
In comparison to what could happen on your first day as a college teacher, an hour filled with the silence of a half-sleeping classroom, where students are listing to their iPods and texting on their cell phones, the situation laid out above is a new teacher’s dream. With the help of How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching College, you can achieve not only your perfect first day, but a successful and productive first year as well. You will learn to take control of your classroom and provide students with a fun and effective setting in which they can actively succeed in your class and beyond.
This new, extensively researched book will begin by offering information on how to find the perfect college teaching position. You will be provided with valuable information on the different types of academic positions available, from teaching assistant to tenure and on how to search for these positions. You will learn about how the position you chose will affect your family and personal life, what to look for in a benefits package, and what benefits different types of colleges can provide.
Important information that you need to know before accepting a position will be provided to you. A complete overview of understanding faculty contracts and faculty unions is included as well as an introduction to the academic environment that will surround you as you begin your new career as a college instructor.
Once you have accepted your new position, How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching College will prepare you for that first day of class. You will learn how to structure your course, select textbooks, design and implement your syllabus, establish classroom policies, and interpret university policies on grading, student evaluation, plagiarism, and other grievances. Most new college instructors spend months worrying about how to break the ice during the first week of class. Helpful ideas for winning over your new students are provided as well as tips for making lasting first impressions. First-year teachers will benefit from the discussion on the three stages of teaching a lesson as well as tips for keeping students interested during lectures, the pros and cons of using discussion groups in the classroom, and how to use small groups as an alternative approach to traditional instruction.
Most importantly, a complete chapter has been included on relating and getting to know your new set of students. College students in the 21st century are a diverse group. It is important to understand what life is like for today’s college student and how these students think and learn in order to effectively do your job. Even more complicated can be trying to keep up with the fast paced technology that students today are accustomed to. An important chapter on teaching in the digital age will provide valuable information on online courses, using technology in the classroom, and e-mail protocol.
In the appendices, new college instructors will find a complete overview of academic terminology and a sample syllabi, lecture outline, and course design. Helpful “case studies” by second-year and veteran college instructors provide insider strategies and proven techniques for surviving your first year as a college instructor. How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching College will be a book that you refer to over and over again throughout your freshman year as a college teacher. With the help of this book, you will not only survive the first year, you, and most importantly your students, will thrive as you begin on what will become a long and successful college teaching career.
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Terry Webster’s How to be Successful in your First Year of Teaching College, is an incredible guide for anyone who is interested in teaching college. You learn all the basics of putting together lesson plans and teaching in any education class, but this book goes steps beyond the education classes. It details the logistics of a college classroom, politics, and the dynamics that will arise. Many of the education classes are ill equipped at handling this problem. This book gives evidence from new teachers in college and their experiences. The book reiterates that the only way to teach well is to get out there and “do” it. There is another aspect of this book that is incredible. Not only does it outline the best way to set up a classroom and what is involved when trying to fit in with the faculty. It helps the reader figure out how to “Land(ing) your First Job”. It gives how to develop a good resume, possible interview questions, unions, tenure, etc. The appendixes are extremely helpful as well. They include sample syllabuses, online resources and teaching aides. This is quite a helpful guide. As a certified teacher, I wish I had had this book as a textbook during my student teaching. I believe it would have gone much better. I recommend getting this book while you are getting your credentials. It will be very beneficial to all who read it.
How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching College: Everything You Need to Know That They Don't Teach You in School is a must-have reference for beginning teachers. Although it is geared toward teaching at the college level, several of the strategies discussed (such as encouraging interaction within the classroom and how to provide meaningful assessments of students) are applicable to teaching in the middle or high school level as well. The book is sprinkled with case studies highlighting college professors throughout the United States and around the world, sharing their experiences and tips for teaching college successfully. The writing style is fluid and accessible without being preachy, and the appendices include a sample syllabus and useful websites related to teaching higher education.
The book's title is a bit misleading, because it doesn't start with telling you about how to teach your first year of college, but about the different types of teaching jobs and how to apply for and interview for the job. The actual teaching instruction doesn't start until chapter three. For a graduate student who may never have applied for a "real" job before, the first couple of chapters might be very helpful, but the information is what anybody applying for a job must know- how to create a resume, how to behave on a job interview, and so on. It's unfortunate only because a reader might get discouraged thinking "I have the job, I want help doing it." Hang in there! Help is about to come. The author does us a great service by not just saying what to do, but the benefits a new teacher will get by doing so. Office politics-which are at play in every work situation-are wisely considered here as well as gaining the respect of peers and supervisors, and of students too. The author demonstrates a variety of teaching styles, grading styles and assignment styles then contrasts them for efficacy. The book sets the first year teacher up with a way to handle problem students, cheating, time management on grading and even how to start on the right road to tenure. But don't think it is all abstract ideas. There are two sample syllabuses included, sample grade charts and case studies from actual teachers discussing methods of teaching that work for them. A great resource list is in an appendix which provides ways for a teacher to locate professional organizations for teaching college, and online educational tips for teachers. Throughout the book, there are resources cited, my favorites being the ones to help identify cheaters and plagiarizing. For a first year teacher, this book is a great compass to navigate uncharted waters and build solid charts for years to come.
Few students could possibly imagine that their teachers have as much trepidation as they do when looking forward to the beginning of a new school year. Alas, this is undoubtedly true, especially for those educators who are about to embark on their first year of teaching college. For these educators, How to be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching in College by Terry Webster offers some practical help and constructive guidance. Written in an informal, easy-to-understand style, this book offers credible information on types of teaching positions, job descriptions, landing your first job, creating your resume, references, cover letters, what to expect during an interview, interview questions and tips, faculty contracts and unions, salary negotiations, tenure, designing your course, grading, creating a syllabus, plagiarism and cheating, textbooks, online learning, the first day, lesson plans, teaching skills lecturing, discussions, what it means to be a good teacher, assessing students and yourself, publish or perish, and politics of being a college teacher. Additional interest is established with the inclusion of "Teacher's Tips" and Case Studies that feature real people in actual situations. Even more of them would have been even better. Standouts include a sample syllabus, Web sites that feature college teaching positions, icebreakers, and a call to use respect and "compassionate leadership" with students. Webster lets you know that, as a first-time teacher, you can expect to make mistakes. Additionally, much of what you do at first will often be guided by trial and error. However, by implementing the advice and guidance this book offers and with the experience and knowledge you will gain, you are bound to become a more successful teacher.