The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Professors

Build a successful teaching foundation upon Stephen R. Covey's best-seller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by applying his principles to your teaching as follows:

Habit 1: Be Proactive

  • Develop in advance an understanding of the students likely to take your class
  • Anticipate challenges, e.g. your missing class, and make contingency plans
  • Initiate communications with students, in-person, by email and telephone
  • Alert Department Chair and/or other instructional leaders to changes in plans

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

  • Clarify with instructional leaders the learning objectives for your course
  • Develop assignments that facilitate students' achieving course learning objectives
  • Provide a detailed, eye-appealing syllabus that anticipates logical student queries
  • Develop your exam before covering the material included on it in class

Habit 3: Put First Things First

  • Develop an agenda for each class meeting
  • Address critical learning objectives early in class meeting
  • Give ample coverage to everything upon which students are tested
  • Provide preview of next class meeting

Habit 4: Think Win/Win

  • Ensure students are made to look competent and likeable in front of their peers
  • Provide accurate, prompt, personalized feedback on assignments and exams
  • Identify individual student learning goals and foster their achievement
  • Prepare students sufficiently for exams, especially the first one

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

  • Use Student Profile forms (see p. 77 of The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success)
  • View differences between students and yourself as strengths for your class
  • Use language and examples to which your students can comfortably relate
  • Get "informal" feedback from students throughout the course

Habit 6: Synergize

  • Draw out students' experiences that relate to classroom topics
  • Link lecture examples and assignments to students' real world lives
  • Use groups of 3-5 students in class to address learning goals
  • Encourage out-of-class study groups

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

  • Read, apply The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success
  • Establish mentoring relationship with veteran instructor
  • Subscribe to Tomorrow's Professor listserv, access

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