Welcome, Adjunct Faculty
Week 1: Starting the Semester Right
- Consider using a syllabus contract.
- Teach content beginning the first day of class to set the stage for the rest of the semester.
- Train your students to sign a roll sheet each day.
Week 2: Building Rapport with Your Students
- Make sure to learn your students’ names.
- Establish a classroom routine.
- Engage students outside the classroom; hallway contact matters.
Week 3: Test Early and Often
- Studies show that students need opportunities to learn how our courses work and what they need to do to be successful.
- Assign a brief writing assignment or a smaller test so students begin earning grades as early as possible.
- Design assignments that will lead students toward successful behaviors and skills.
Week 4: Develop Study Accountability Techniques
- If you assign homework, review it in class either for a grade or a completion/participation grade.
- Devise guided reading assignments that encourage textbook reading.
- Conduct quick note checks or quizzes.
Week 5: Promote Study Skills
- Utilize a classroom calendar and stay on schedule.
- Introduce campus resources such as tutoring or the library.
- Encourage study groups among your students.
Week 6: Consider Using an Online Supplement
- Post all grades in the gradebook provided in Moodle or Blackboard to allow students to monitor their status in your course.
- Send group email announcements to your classes or connect individually with students.
- Encourage students to access your site by providing classroom documents.
Week 7: Encourage Campus Activities
- Forward campus announcements to your students.
- Offer small amounts of extra credit for students who attend content suitable events.
- Take classes to campus events when appropriate.
Week 8: Mid-term Review
- Provide your students with a mid-term average.
- Meet individually with all students with borderline grades.
- Outline a plan for success for the rest of the semester.
Week 9: Promote Active Learning
- Try new activities in your classes since most studies show students only retain 5% of lecture material.
- Use visual aids and quick feedback quizzes to engage students.
- Encourage class discussion.
Week 10: Incorporate Group Work
- Conduct small group discussions prior to full class discussions.
- Assign group presentations for the end of the semester.
- Provide good clear instructions and class time for preparation.
Week 11: Follow Your Syllabus Policies
- While students may have good excuses this late in the semester, stick to your policies.
- Remember anytime you accommodate one student, you should do it for all students.
- Set the stage now for final grades, make sure students know how their final average will be calculated.
Week 12: Keep Your Supervisor in the Loop
- Notify your supervisor of any potential issues.
- Maintain good attendance and grade records.
- Document thoroughly any student issues you may have.
Week 13: Gearing Up for the End of the Semester
- Evaluate your course calendar and plan out the rest of your semester.
- Do not encourage study cramming by lecture cramming – set a reasonable pace.
- Check your records; are all forms completed?
Week 14: Prepare Your Students for Finals
- Provide students with final exam schedules.
- Review project guidelines and due dates.
- Remind students of their averages and meet with borderline students.
Week 15: Surviving and Thriving During Finals
- Stick to your schedule; there should be no surprises for you or your students.
- Grade ahead; make sure you will only be grading exams during this week.
- Design exams that can be graded in a timely manner.
Week 16: Finishing Out the Semester
- Be aware of campus deadlines.
- Turn in grades on time.
- Keep accurate copies of your grades and attendance; these are legal documents.
Prepared for NC-NET by the Adjunct Institute at Alamance Community College