“…a major difficulty that beginning teachers face is the challenge to define for themselves their teacher persona” (p 139) was the inspirational quote which led off the discussion on January 24, 2011. Taken from McCann, T., Why Do New Teachers Cry?, p 138-145, Heldref Publications, Taylor & Francis, Ltd., the discussion focused on developing an engaging teaching style.
GTC supplied video clips illustrating good and bad teaching styles with UCD Grad Students acting in the roles of the TA which were a great teaching aid.
Through brain storming and small group discussion, participants recalled characteristics of their most respected past teachers to determine the styles of presentation, movement and speech that most successfully motivated learning. Ideas generated included keeping the audience interested by offering casual ice breaking situations to facilitate class discussion, presenting an appropriately encouraging personal style and validating student participation in discussions. An effective example was given of validating a wrong answer as a way of illustrating a common misunderstanding that can lead to the correct answer.
McKeachie, W., TEACHING TIPS, A Guidebook for the Beginning College Teacher, supplied the quote: “Effective lecturers combine the talents of scholar, writer, producer, comedian, showman, and teacher in ways that contribute to student learning.” (p 69)