Thursday, May 8, 2014

Starting my teaching career (for undergrad classes)

I have to teach an undergraduate class in the Fall. The number of students are going to be around 30. The subject that I will teach is something that I havent looked at for a couple of years. So I will have to do some revamp of my knowledge.

I have taken the preemptive strike strategy i.e. I will try to complete and prepare all of my lectures in the summers; before the actual Fall semester starts.

I like to teach using slides (at least that is what I think I like) so I have started preparing my slides by keeping the slides that come with the book for the instructor. However the slides are aweful and I have to fill them up with information and other cartoons that will help me explain the material to the class.

Lets see how it goes. I am hoping that if I have completed all my lectures before the semester, I will have enough time to submit my grants at the same pace as now and be able to teach by spending less time on lecture preparation. I hope the strategy works well or this will be a waste of time.


  1. Dr. Noncoding ArenayMay 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I hear that a lot of people prepare their coursework during summer for the same reasons that you mention. I think its a good idea. Good luck!

  2. May not be a bad idea to take the slides from the person who taught last time, and use them as a baseline. It will certainly save your time. Not sure if this will be looked down upon at your place, but heck...