My First Class

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3 Responses

  1. Matthew Lister says:

    Congratulations! Pacing is a problem with multiple aspects- both in individual classes and topics and the class as a whole. For me the biggest issues have always been figuring out how much material to cover both in the semester as a whole and in each class. My impression is that most people try to cover too much most of the time, and that new professors are especially prone to this. Even keeping that in mind I have had to work very hard to not try to cover too much material, often with limited success. (Some people never get over this problem.) Also, if you want to keep feeling nervous, check the drop/add list for a few weeks all the time to see if you’re scaring people away. It makes for lots of fun.

  2. Bill Reynolds says:

    Remember that doctrine can always be covered in lectures, and that lectures are best done in segments no longer than 10 minutes, so work them into the regular discussion. (I tell the kids that a mini-lecture is coming.)

  3. Orin Kerr says:

    Pacing comes with time, in my experience: As you get more comfortable, you get better at quickly checking the time and remembering how much you have to go, so you can adjust the speed accordingly.

    One thing to keep in mind is that if you get through the material and have a few minutes of extra time, you can always take that time to review. It might seem boring to you, but your students will very likely appreciate it a great deal. Also, if you review and then still have a bit of extra time, there’s nothing wrong with letting the class out a few minutes early.