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1 An Introduction Session on Sessional Teaching The Mathematics Discipline Swinburne University of Technology.

2 Outline Welcome (Head of mathematics) Tips and guidelines for effective teaching Technical information for sessional staff Open discussion Juice, muffins and a good laugh

3 Welcome (Head of mathematics)

4 Tips and guidelines for effective teaching Some questions: What does it mean to be a good teacher? What are your goals as a teacher? How would you like to be perceived? What “gifts” are you giving your students? Will the material “sink in”? Will you be remembered? Positively?

5 Tips and guidelines for effective teaching Be “a person” (a nice one): Laugh, smile, joke (if you can) Be yourself, feel good about yourself Be courteous, answer when asked, patient… Good teachers: CARE!!! Know when to put your foot down (if needed) Everyone stresses before class (it is healthy)

6 Tips and guidelines for effective teaching Be “a professional” (a serious one): If you teach #&*, then you should Learn before hand! Enjoy it! When asked “why?”, never say “just because”… (i.e. know the proof/derivation/idea behind …) For researchers: A good way of learning is teaching!

7 Tips and guidelines for effective teaching Serve the food on the table like a professional waiter, but don’t chew it for the students… Speak to be understood: – Tone / accent / pronunciation Write neatly and clearly as you can Always put yourself in the student’s position, “would you understand”??? Do not “chew” for the student, let her/him think a-bit too, passive students don’t learn!

8 Tips and guidelines for effective teaching You are part of a system! The subject: Lecturer(s), Convenor “Loyalty” Be prepared for student queries… Mark as your colleagues (convenor specification) Coordinate with convenor

9 CARE! In Summary:

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