Notes from the Student Caring Podcast for Professors

Teaching Techniques for Today’s Students
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SC 164 Teaching in the Lab

Teaching in the lab can be very different, depending on your discipline. Daniel teaches in a writing lab and David in the theater. In this podcast, we explore (lab) teaching techniques for today’s students.

Lab facts:

  • An educational lab is given birth to when the course is designed and proposed.
  • Some courses have a lab requirement built in and for some, it is separate.
  • Often, a lab fee will be required when there are expendable materials required.

Lab teaching in a collaborative environment.

  • Colleagues will say to (Theater) David, “You can’t teach that, they learn by doing.”
  • Both can be achieved in carefully constructed labs and courses.
  • In a deadline driven environment, the student needs to learn under pressure.
  • When the professor and student are sitting side by side, the opportunities for collaboration increase.
  • Students get excited when they are put in charge of something.
  • DISADVANTAGE:  The pressure that comes with a deadline for a public performance can place me in the middle of making a decision that is either best for the student or best for the audience. My position is always: Our primary focus is on the student’s learning, not the show. Our product (if we think that way) is the student who walks across the commencement stage, not the performance occurring on the stage. The theatre lab, including the performance, is a learning environment.
  • ADVANTAGE: Very quickly, when a student has a success, they experience a boost of self confidence.

“For a student, the classroom can be a lonely place.” – Daniel

The lab: An opportunity for individual instruction and connection.

  • Look for ways you can encourage your students, one on one in the lab.
  • The demeanor of the professor in the lab is really important. More conversational gives the student an opportunity to express what’s on their mind. Our students will see the lab as a safe place rather than a place where they feel like they have to perform.
  • If grading is involved in the lab, a syllabus needs to be in place.
  • The biggest advantage of the lab is one-on-one time with the professor. (Office hours seem to be a dying art!)

Next: Homework

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SC 164 Teaching in the Lab

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