Teaching Mistakes from the College Classroom

Think back to your first few years of teaching. If you’re like most educators, you probably made your share of mistakes. Maybe you were too strict or not strict enough. Perhaps you were so absorbed delivering your course content that you didn’t realize half the class was completely lost. Or maybe you made assumptions about your students that later proved to be false. You’re not alone.

Teaching Mistakes from the College Classroom features 15 reflective essays from instructors who were generous enough to share their early-career missteps in hopes that others can learn from their mistakes.

Teaching Mistakes from the College Classroom

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Articles in Teaching Mistakes from the College Classroom include:

  • When Expectations Collide
  • Things My First Unhappy Student Taught Me
  • Understanding My Role as Facilitator
  • Don’t Assume a Student’s Previous Knowledge
  • Establishing Credibility with Students: It Doesn’t Happen Automatically
  • Teaching Mistakes: Four Lessons for Beginning Instructors
  • What Works in One Culture May Not Work in Another
  • Disaster at the Casino: Betting on Subject Matter Expertise to Win Over Adult Students
  • On a Frustrating Day or in a Troubled Class, Remember We All Make a Difference
  • Neglecting to Cultivate a Research-Based Teaching Practice
  • Becoming Aware of the Instructional Value of Student Writing Samples
  • Assumptions I Made in the Past and How I Come to Know My Students Now