Teaching v. Learning, The Eternal Struggle

As week four of the first term concludes, I am left pondering the effect that my various teaching and learning practices have had on my students and on myself. I often struggle, as most lecturers do, with the idea...

Walking the Line, part 2: Authority

When I began working as a postgraduate tutor (graduate teaching assistant or TA to my international colleagues) I was terrified that I would lack that intrinsic authority that all my professors had appeared to have so effortlessly. My undergraduate...

Walking the Line, part 1.5: Exhaustion

Yesterday’s post was meant to explore the role of authority in HE teaching. As you may have noticed, there was no post yesterday. This is due to exhaustion.I love teaching, and I am very fortunate that I am teaching...

Walking the Line, part 1: Humility

Each year, as I make my final preparations for teaching, I reflect upon the fine line I must walk over the next nine months. As a junior member of staff, as an immigrant (gasp!), as a woman, as a...

X Marks the Spot (in the University Library)

Passing by College Ready Writing last week, I was suddenly reminded of one more bit of pre-term homework: devising a set of new footnote treasure hunts. Like Dr Skallerup, and many many others, I have often struggled to help...

Panic is Not an Option, or, How to Write a Lecture

Over the past six years I have been teaching on an hourly-based contract. My ‘day-job’ has varied over the years (mainly being a PhD student and then acting as an educational developer for the History Subject Centre). ‘My night...

Managing Student Expectations: Etiquette and Examples

Further my previous post, I have developed an initial guide for my students as to my expectations (and  responsibilities) for my upcoming module. The aim of this document was to provide a written record of my expectations for students and what I...

Managing Student Expectations of First Year

As we approach (or dive into) another new year, I have been thinking about my role as a teaching fellow. This year, I have been given the task (and opportunity) of teaching a large number of the first year...

Explaining Seminars

Over the past few posts, I have been pondering the rewards of student discussion and whether or not my current teaching style makes these both clear and attainable. As a researcher, I find that scholarly discussion can be extremely...