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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
   Building Rapport
   Online Classroom
   Presentation & Technology

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.