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General Teaching Tips

This section is designed to give you some overall teaching guidelines which will be helpful in teaching anatomy and physiology to your students.

  1. Make sure students understand classroom expectations up front: attendance policy and homework policies, amount of study time required, etc.
  2. Speak slowly. Avoid slang and idioms. Build repetition of key terms in your presentation.
  3. Connect new information to what students already know or have experienced. Linking new information to old information improves learning.
  4. Connect new information to students’ future needs for this information. Linking new information to future needs improves learning.
  5. Use the board often. Write down key terms as you introduce them. Draw graphic organizers and concept maps to introduce relationships.
  6. 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 review.
  7. Don’t lecture longer than 20 minutes. Optimally, lecture for 10-15 minutes and then have students do a learning activity.
  8. 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.
  9. Give students enough time to process new information and to ask you questions.
  10. Assess students often. Students’ learning improves when they get frequent feedback.
  11. 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