It’s my fifth semester teaching, and I’ve learned so much in this short amount of time. The one thing that I want to remind myself, and hope you all can appreciate, is that the best thing to do is to keep it simple (silly!). Keep the lessons straightforward, use simpler language (or dovetail simple language with new, complex terms), and spell out what you expect of the students. What is obvious to us is rarely obvious to them, whether this is regarding the material or general classroom expectations.
So what are some things I do to keep it simple? First, being consistent. Posting lecture notes at the same time each week, having a general format for my slides… Specifically for this, I like to have one set of my notes for myself, and another set specially made for them. This latter set has a “fill-in-the-blank” format, so they can follow along with the notes while writing down key words without getting bogged down by writing every single thing on the slides. I want them to have time to absorb what’s on the slide, not worry about copying every single letter.