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Creating Teacher Presence

Best Practices | Active Lectures | Building Rapport | Online Classroom | Presentation & Technology

Relevant Books

   Best Practices
  • Developing Teacher Presence in the Classroom - College of Business, University of Western Sydney. Ways to create a presence, broken into being prepared prior to class, establishing student rapport, and motivating students. Includes two small case studies of the strategies in action.
  • How to Develop Teacher Presence and Command Attention in Class - Kerra Maddern. Information on how to mask potential nerves in the classroom, how to appear in control, and various practice exercises that can be done at home to improve overall classroom presence physically and vocally.
  • How to Make Your Presence Felt in the Classroom - Kathy Oxtoby. Tips on how to find the middle ground between authoritative and approachable in the classroom, including how to greet your students, what body language to avoid, and how to make best use of the physical classroom space.
  • The Myth of Teacher Presence - Tom Bennett. What the idea of teacher presence refers to, why it's impossible to quantify, and six tips for helping others to see you as having a strong presence.
  • Presence in Teaching - Carol P. Rogers and Miriam B. Raider-Roth, University at Albany, SUNY. Research article creating a theory of presence, defining it as self-awareness, connections to students, connection to subject matter, and overall pedagogical knowledge.
  • Top Tips for Trainee Teachers: Use Your Body Language to Control the Classroom - Flora Milne. Strategies for teachers to adopt for creating a known, calming presence within the classroom - includes tips for how to best deal with negative behavior and off-task students.
  • What's the Most Important Part of Classroom Management? - Rocky Biasi, Human Connections. Importance of presence for teachers, how it is different and works with teaching strategies, and questions to ask about your mindset when entering the classroom - introductory video for a larger course.
  • Face-to-Face Office Hours - Center for Teaching & Learning, University of Washington. Information on how to plan to effectively use office hours, and how to make them inviting and well-known to students.
  • The "45% Rule" - Enhancing your Classroom "Presence" - Troy P. Roddy. Blog post about how different levels of teacher-student influence on the classroom environment may have a large impact on a teachers classroom presence, with 45%/55% being the optimal student/teacher split.
  • Good Body Language Improves Classroom Management - Teal Ruland, National Education Association. A list of body language dos and don'ts to help build a safe/supportive classroom environment and build positive rapport with students.
   Active Lectures
  • Teaching Methods - Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning, University of Central Florida. List of examples of different teaching methods for use in classroom, including active-learning, case-based learning, collaborative learning, and interactive teaching. Includes a large section about halfway down the page covering various tips for active lectures.
  • Creating Active Lectures - Teaching for Success. Slides about how to create active lectures, when they're appropriate, and how to properly develop them - longer, but easy to follow
  • Ten Ways to Make Lectures More Dynamic - BBC Active. A variety of ways to make lectures more interesting to the average student, ranging from introducing technology to how you choose to start and complete a lecture.
  • Twenty Ways to Make Lectures More Participatory - Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University. Various ways to make lectures more active, broken into categories like inviting participation, varying the format, and closing the lecture.
  • Getting Active in the Large Lecture - Juan Carlos Huerta, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Research article about the importance of active learning in large, lecture-style classes - includes a few different methods to use on pages 240-242 (pages 4-6 on the PDF)
  • Active Lecturing: The Potential of PowerPoint - Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota. Ways to plan out a PowerPoint presentation to make it more active for students and the teacher.
  • Activities During the Lecture - Teaching and Learning, IT University of Copenhagen. Numerous activities that can be used within a lecture to break up the monotony, captivate student interest, and help cement learning.
   Building Rapport
   Online Classroom
   Presentation & Technology
  • Presentation Software - University of Texas at Austin. When/why to use a presentation, what information should be included, tips for student-friendly design, and common pitfalls.
  • Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students' Sense of Community - Phillip Ice, Reagan Curtis, Perry Phillips, and John Wells. Research article arguing that the use of audio comments in response to assignments in an online class increase the overall sense of community and connection with the teacher.
  • What is Prezi? - Technology Across the Curriculum, Oregon State University. Information about the online presentation tool Prezi, including a sample presentation illustrating the interesting attributes of the program.
  • Record Your Presentation with Camtasia Relay - Academic Technology & User Services, Western Washington University. Information about the lecture capture tool Camtasia Relay and how to initially set it up and use it.
  • Using Audio Feedback to Promote Teaching Presence - Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University. Covers why audio feedback should be preferred by professors, how it helps create a stronger teacher presence, and different ways to implement it on digitally submitted assignments.
  • Enhancing Lecture Presentations - Academic Technology Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Five different methods (with examples) of how to improve presentations through the use of things like websites, animations, and audio.

See also: Lecturing without Tiring or Losing Your Voice, a recorded workshop by Rich Brown

Mentioned relevant books may be available through the CIIA's Lending Library or Wilson Library.