Instructions: copy and paste this template into your submission and fill it out (ideally, remove this line with the instructions)
Before your section
What are the learning goals of the discussion section or lab?
Which topic do you predict will be the most difficult for the students to learn?
What is one thing about your teaching that you want to focus on during this class?
What activities will you do during class? (e.g. Group work? Pair work? Lecture? Physical demo?)
Immediately after your section
First things first
What went really well today? :)
What didn’t go so well?
- speak in a clear voice that could be easily heard?
- write clearly?
- listen carefully to students’ comments and questions without interrupting?
- appear confident?
- appear enthusiastic?
- provide clear explanations?
- explain terminology?
Ideas for improving your presentation:
- address students of all genders equally?
- address students of different ethnic groups equally?
- address shy and forthcoming students equally?
- feel like students were generally happy (e.g. no angry students)?
- take the time to learn your students’ names?
Ideas for improving the classroom climate:
- Are students comfortable interacting with you?
- Are the students comfortable interacting with each other?
- How often were you talking versus the students?
- Did you encourage the students to ask questions?
- Are students comfortable asking “stupid” questions?
- Were you happy with how long it took for students to answer your questions?
- Did the students seem interested and engaged?
Ideas for improving student participation:
Focusing on Students
- try to answer a student’s question with a question?
- try to find out what the students knew before giving an explanation?
- provide explanations to address both struggling and excelling students?
- feel like students understood your explanations?
- feel like students, in general, really understand with the material?
Ideas for tailoring your teaching to the needs of your students:
You may skip any questions that are not applicable.
- What fraction of students did you interact with?
- Did you interact with the shy students?
- Did you refrain from assuming manual control of the keyboard?
Ideas to improve 1-on-1 interactions: