Classroom Management

The Essential Guide to Teaching from Kansas University is an excellent resource filled with both basic and advanced advice on running your class: course preparation, writing a syllabus, lecturing, assessment, etc! The entire KU Center for Teaching Excellence site is packed with useful and applicable information and is well worth checking out.

The Solve a Teaching Problem site at Carnegie Mellon walks you through a step by step process of identifying a problem in the classroom (students don't come to class, students complain about the rigor of class, students don't come prepared, etc) and then offers suggestions. It isn't an exhaustive list by any means- but it is a nice resource when you have a specific issue to address.

Berkeley’s Center for Teaching and Learning gives practical tips on teaching—including student complaints about lectures, and how to approach a large lecture course.

This comprehensive assessment resource page from the Center for Teaching Excellence at Duquesne University has very useful information on grading, using rubrics, and writing essay questions.

Also see: Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Faculty Handbook

Content knowledge, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, technique ability can all be assessed- in fact, these types of assessments are included on most of our exams, laboratory reports, quizzes, papers, and other assignments. When you are thinking about your course, take some time to think what how you specifically want to improve about the course, and how that can be measured and analyzed. You can measure more than grades-- though overall final grade distribution (number of As-Fs), number of Ws, exam/quiz scores, performance on a particular problem/type of problem on an exam or assessment, class participation, performance on a large synthesis assignment like a paper or project, certainly are good items to consider.

You can study attitude as well as performance. Don't forget to reflect on your own affect—how do you feel about teaching now that you've made this change. Since we aren't as familiar about creating surveys about how students feel about learning, turn to these or other expert references as you tailor surveys to fit your learning goal needs.

The Affective Learning Scale by Jim McCroskey (PDF)

The background, scale items, and scoring instructions are all found within the text.