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  •  Sounds like a classic for-profit school (3+ / 0-)
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    miss SPED, smokey545, etatauri

    Not a lot of respect for these here.

    It's not like I had a lot more training. I think most who teach at Universities learn by teaching, although we're working with adults -- if you consider seventeen and up "adult." So there's that.

    The first class I taught was with a BA. Extraneous circumstances. But I think I did a great job, this was with adults, and I think it was understood that I was learning too. And it was not a for-profit, and I have never been a fan of PowerPoint in classes. Why? Because I couldn't sit through a single PowerPoint lecture in my entire life and care enough to follow it. So I scrapped that idea from the get-go.

    Still, I had no teacher prep when I began, nor do most College instructors coming out of grad programs. But again, this was with adults, not kids. And I think it's been a great learning curve, and now I would be glad to teach younger folks and would feel absolutely qualified. But I'd steer really clear of for-profits AND the pro-tech schools (these are designed to maximize course load and thus push the bottom line profit margin, period; I've literally never heard of a single Professor outside of a few select disciplines advocate for these, and few due to pedagogical reasons when they do).

    I'm a fan of a pretty relaxed classroom though. For me, it's always helped facilitate order in a strange way. Although this is not to confuse "relaxed" with "unstructured" or "unprepared."

    Tipped and Rec'd for discussion and some general agreement.

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    by mahakali overdrive on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:21:57 PM PST

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