5 Reasons Teaching a Summer Course is a Good Idea
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Teaching is a demanding profession, so once summer rolls around, many educators are ready for some well-deserved R&R. However, others commit to teaching summer courses to refine their craft, explore new teaching methods, or supplement their income. We spoke with instructors in the WileyPLUS Studio, and here’s what they said about the benefits of teaching over the summer:
1. Smaller classes.
Say goodbye to large lecture halls filled with a sea of inattentive students who can easily hide behind their books and smartphones. Summer classes are typically smaller, which lets you get to know your students better and teach to their individual strengths and weaknesses.
2. Motivated students.
Instructors have told us that students who take summer classes genuinely want to learn. And since they generally don’t have to juggle multiple classes at once, students tend to be more focused on mastering the course material.
3. More frequent interaction.
Naturally, when class sizes are smaller, there’s more opportunity for interaction between the instructor and her students. This engagement can help boost confidence in students who may be afraid to ask questions in a larger setting, and it gives you a chance to build meaningful relationships with your students and even act as a mentor.
4. Accelerated content.
Summer courses cover a lot of information in less time, which forces students to hunker down and learn the material. This truncated timeframe also motivates instructors to make coursework meaningful and manageable.
5. Creative approach.
Since you’ll be teaching a condensed, faster-paced version of your course, now is the time to get creative. Try out new things in class, offer extra credit, and make real-world connections to the content. You can also promote group activities and study groups to keep students engaged and on track.