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Happy Teaching: August 2019

Welcome to Happy Teaching, a subscription-based newsletter from Effective & Efficient Teaching. This month:

  • Request for preferred newsletter and member’s only webinars topics

  • Tips for getting into the swing of this fall’s course prep

  • Course planning resources

  • Info and dates for upcoming member’s only webinars, events, and online courses

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Last month I was reveling in the glow of summer time living and academic productivity. This month I am actively preparing my Fall courses. I am excited about the possibilities of the upcoming term. Yet I am also nervous as I watch my time and focus shift more towards teaching tasks at the expense of other academic priorities. Luckily, I prepare my courses to maximize student learning and make the most efficient use of my time so I know this shift is temporary.

Have you begun your course prep yet? Hope to do so efficiently while being an effective teacher? Here are a few ways to ease into the preparation for your Fall courses while making the best use of your valuable time to help keep your life in balance. Start by setting aside only 1 hour for each of the below tasks: Spend the first 15 minutes brainstorming without editing & the remaining 45 minutes working out the details. 

Jumpstart writing or revising syllabus?

Choosing or revising student assignments?

  • List the planned course assignments

  • Write how they each address or help students reach the course goals

  • Revise the course assignments list by removing those not connected to course goals or that are unnecessarily redundant

  • Estimate the course workload

Reducing student grading frustration and your grading time (before the course starts)?

Again work on each of the above tasks for only an hour. No setting aside hours and hours of time. That is a one way ticket to disappearing time quick sand, rabbit holes, and whammies. ☺ Trust me--you will be amazed at how much you can get done in a short amount of time.

Course planning resources

Upcoming Events

Addressing Incivility in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Faculty (Workshop)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

2:30 - 4pm ET

New York Hilton, Second Floor, Murray Hill West

Erase Student Evaluation Dread

Self-paced online course

Available anytime 24/7 starting September 2, 2019

Happy Teaching: August Live Q&A

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

11am - 12pm ET

A members only live presentation and Q&A taking your questions on TBD (member’s choice) ☺. Click here to RSVP.

Happy Teaching: September Live Q&A

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

11am - 12pm ET

A members only live presentation and Q&A taking your questions on TBD (member’s choice) ☺. Click here to RSVP.


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