Student X has a less than perfect attitude, in particular about the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences and the College in comparison to where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree. Now granted, I wish that these students could be blessed with the wonderful experience I had also but we cannot change things here and must make the best and NOT relay this feeling to the students. Bad form! She also has a less than respectful attitude towards the major professor. And it shows. I wanted a challenge. And did I get one!
Went well, I thought. I explained MY purpose in doing this and she mentioned that she hopes to get a lot out of this as well. This is her first semester teaching ANSC101 and my second so I explained the overall goals of the class and the general structure/format.Second meeting
She informed me of her enthusiasm towards the subject but the lack of enthusiasm in the students. To this point, I have had a few of her students come to me about her lack of enthusiasm. I shall wait to see the actual classroom dynamics before I judge. I asked what her plans were for the observed lab and she had no ideas what she would do yet. I went through my lesson plan with her for that same lab and we discussed what she might want to focus on.Third meeting
I tried to make things positive but there were less positive things than I had hoped from the observation. She doesn’t recognize some of the things she does/says towards the students as being less than complimentary. I asked her to observe me and we would discuss what she saw me do in the classroom and compare and contrast. Class observation #1
You may want to start with talking about what you are going to cover today, even before you hand out the quizzes. That way you can transition better once the last person has handed in the quiz.
Be gentler with students who are taking longer with the quiz. They still had plenty of time left.
Speak slower and louder. The room noises (air exchange, squeaky chairs) can make it hard to hear you at the back of the room.
Don’t be condescending to yourself. Students will lose confidence in you quickly.
It was good that you called upon a number of different people when asking questions.
By sitting down during the slide presentation your voice didn’t carry to the sides of the room.
Good level of enthusiasm and good anecdotes. (Students also had better enthusiasm than I expected.)
Good wrap-up and preview of next week.
Classroom Observation #2
Good start to the class…thanks for taking some of my advice.
Voice projection still needs work…be more confident.
Not as condescending…good!
Indoors: Good presentation of definitions and key concepts that will be covered outside. Many times things get missed or run over too quickly when students are concentrating on the animals.
Outdoors: Take it easy with the students who are timid around animals. The “yuck” and “EEW” are often their way of easing their tension and anxiety. As long as they participate and are not enormously disruptive, I would suggest letting them be.
Be more aware of what ALL of the students are doing…if you need to, ask Jordan to help monitor the students. Try not to be harsh with students who need to leave for another class across campus.
I know that you know animals, but learn more about people as well, especially the interaction between the two.