Questions to Ask Yourself When Preparing to Teach

Here are some valuable questions to ask yourself as you are building your syllabus and assignments:


1)    Before you teach, how do you learn about what students already know about the content/skills to be taught?

2)    How will you establish that content to be taught is accurate and that how you are going to teach it will promote understanding?

3)    How will you include learning experiences that will help make the information relevant to today’s students?

4)    How will your class(es) help prepare students for their lives beyond school?

5)    How will what students are learning in your class help motivate them to learn more?

6)    Where in your class(es) will you require active participation of students in their own learning?

7)    Where in your class(es) will students develop meaningful conversation, reflection and thinking? How will you become a part of these processes?

8)    In what way will you take into consideration the differences of the students (i.e. higher level vs. lower level or learning style differences)?


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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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