General Teaching Tips
This section is designed to give you some overall teaching
guidelines which will be helpful in teaching anatomy and physiology to
- Make sure students understand classroom expectations
up front: attendance policy and homework policies, amount of
study time required, etc.
- Speak slowly. Avoid slang and idioms. Build repetition
of key terms in your
- Connect new information to what students already know or have
experienced. Linking new information to old information improves
- Connect new information to
needs for this information. Linking new information to future needs
- Use the board often. Write down key terms as you introduce them.
Draw graphic organizers and concept maps to introduce relationships.
- Be aware of timing. Introduce new concepts at the beginning of
class, not at the end of class. Make sure you leave enough time for
- Don’t lecture longer than
20 minutes. Optimally, lecture for 10-15 minutes and then have students
- Get students moving. Have them take breaks and/or engage in activities
that require changing partners or do group activities. For optimal
learning students should move once per every 50 minutes of class time.
- Give students enough time to process new information and to ask
- Assess students often. Students’ learning
improves when they get frequent feedback.
- Remember the learning
hierarchy We remember…
95% of what we teach.
80% of what we experience
70% of what we discuss
50% of what we see and hear
20% of what we hear
10% of what we read