If we are not excited about the course material we teach as instructors, why should we expect our students to care? The energy we inject into the classroom can be “a contagious fire” (Lang, 176), and our interest, enthusiasm, and passion for what we are teaching serves as a model for inviting students to partake in the energy too.
Instructors can recognize that students may enter a classroom in either positive or negative emotional states that can directly impact students’ learning and performance. Just a smile and a hello can help evoke positive emotions that may enable students to be more engaged and put in more effort when they encounter challenges in the classroom.
Founded in connection with the University of Connecticut’s Graduate Certificate in College Instructor and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), this blog offers a virtual space where you can–safe in the confines of your bedroom or office–be humbled to read about the challenges other instructors face and pick up advice and insights