The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Instructors*

Habit 1: Be Proactive

  • Anticipate challenges
  • Alert Department Chair & other critical leaders to changes in plans

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

  • Identify learning objectives for your course
  • Develop assignments that address objectives
  • Provide a detailed, eye-appealing syllabus
  • Develop exam before you cover material 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 overview of next class meeting

Habit 4: Think Win/Win

  • Make students look good in front of their peers
  • Provide accurate, prompt feedback
  • Identify, communicate to students' individual goals
  • Prepare students sufficiently for exams, especially first one

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

  • Use Student Profile forms
  • View differences between students and yourself as strengths
  • Use words, examples to which your students can relate
  • Get "informal" feedback from students throughout course

Habit 6: Synergize

  • Draw out students' experiences that relate to classroom topics
  • Link 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

  • The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success
  • Establish mentoring relationship with veteran instructor
  • Access, Tomorrow's Professor listserv

* with regards to Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

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