- The importance of connecting with students and enhancing social presence.
- The value of establishing and continually reminding students of the relevance of their coursework in terms of the profession for which they are preparing.
- The need to use a variety of instructional strategies in order to engage all of the students in the room.
- The criticality of providing students with clear directions and expectations at the get-go.
- The usefulness of consistent and frequent opportunities for students to receive feedback.
If you are able, ask colleagues if you can observe them in action (or, better yet, for a learning community with a group of colleagues that allows for observation and follow-up and continued discussion about teaching and learning). Or, check with your Center for Faculty Development. Ours has a list of faculty who have agreed to allow colleagues to visit their classrooms. Definitely an opportunity to take advantage of.