What I wish I’d known when I started teaching….. • Discipline Lead for Psychology • Dr Julie Hulme
My teaching and learning journey Multi-disciplinary. PGwT to Discipline Lead. Variety of institutions and types of students.
What worries you about teaching? Write down the thing that makes you most anxious about teaching on an index card…. An exercise that can be adapted to almost any learning situation.
Planning and preparation…. Take time! The more prepared you feel, the more confident you’ll feel. But don’t plan to fill every second – leave room for the students. It will never be perfect. Prepare to be flexible.
Learning spaces The classroom is YOUR space – use it to its best effect.
Colleagues want you to succeed! • Ideas and creativity. • Resources. • Problem-solving. • Content. • Peer observation. • You’re not on your own!
What’s the worst thing that can happen? They’ll fall asleep…. They won’t understand me…. They won’t pay attention…. They’ll be disruptive…. Technology failure…. They’ll ask a question….and I won’t know the answer….
“I don’t know…” “But let’s find out.” Modelling the learning process. Reality – nobody ever knows all the answers to everything. ‘The sage on the stage or the guide by the side’.
Students as consumers I want you to give me all the answers to everything.
Students as learners I need to process things for myself. Trial and error. Modelling. Co-producers of learning, facilitated by the tutor.
It worked that way for me But the world has changed, and not all students are like me.
All students are different… But some are more different than others! – don’t make assumptions, get to know your students.
Power Don’t underestimate the power your role gives you - Stanford Prison Experiment What are the characteristics of a tutor? Be sensitive to your students. Be confident in your role. Be professional and aspire to provide them with the best learning experience you can give them. And sometimes…take them by surprise!
And Powerpoint…. Not a memory aid for the teacher! Cognitive load. Stimulus for learning?
Final advice Learn from and with your students. Be authentic – then you don’t have to worry about being caught out. Try new things. Real reflective practice is a gift. Use what you know from Psychology to facilitate learning. Never forget what it’s like to be a student – every now and then, try it out again! Have fun!