Teaching for the first time – Josh Gallas

I taught my first 3 hour class yesterday on lighting for intro to film! I never realized how exhausting teaching is. Keeping my energy up and talking for 3 hours is not the easiest task.  But it was a blast! Here are some points I got off the internet that helps me when preparing how I was going to do the class.

Who are my students?

  • demographics (age, ethnicity, gender mix, etc.).
  • predispositions (hopes, fears, positives/negatives, level of interest).
  • knowledge of/experience with subject/me.

In what context will my students engage with course information?

  • large lecture hall, small seminar room or classroom.
  • lighting and sound issues.
  • time of day.

Take into account the “me, here, now.”

  • Picture yourself as a member of the audience and ask “How does this message affect me, here, now?”
  • Me, here, now translates into what you as a sender have to offer your students/receivers—what they will be able to understand, accept, support, consider important—because it matters to them.

Establish cognitive / behavioral objectives for student learning:

  • What do I want my students to know?
  • What do I want my students to do with what they knowAnalyze, synthesize, apply, evaluate?

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This blog is dedicated to providing resources to the Graduate Teaching Assistants in the UTA MFA program pertaining to teaching strategies, methods, and materials. We aim to start a public discussion that serves to enhance the classroom experience for both teacher and student.

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