Idaho State University
Pocatello ID 83209
Phone: (208) 282-3821
'We must view with profound respect the infinite capacity of the human mind to resist the introduction of useful knowledge.'
~ Thomas R. Lounsbury (1838-1915)
A comfortable learning environment makes it easier for a student to learn and the instructor to teach. Interactcompassionately and respectfully with your students in a timely manner and it will be easier to maintain your presence as an authority figure.
Biology concepts and the act of reading directions within the task sheets are difficult for some students. This does not mean that you require nothing of them but that you relate to what they are experiencing. Allow them to express their confusion without reacting in an excessivly lenient or harsh manner.
Write comments judiciously and legibly.
Do not make sarcastic or rude comments.
Do not obliterate the text, use the margins or back of the page.
Feedback needs to be specific.
Remember positive as well as constructive criticism.
Draw attention to areas that need further explanation or work.
If you are repeating the same comments on all student’s papers, consider making a summary sheet of ways to improve student performance for the entire class.
Avoid the temptation to edit the paper for the student. Give students enough information to guide them with improvements for subsequent assignments. Perhaps give students a chance to re-write poorly written work.
Encourage students who are doing poorly.
Mark an "X" or slash mark through blank spaces.
Use ink to mark, in a color other than that used in the assignment.
Do not talk about drinking or how much you partied the night before.
Expressing too much of your individuality can erode the students’ respect for you. They come from varying backgrounds and may perceive your behavior as inappropriate. Once you lose their respect, it is difficult to maintain authority.
Move around the lab, helping the students complete their task sheets by guiding them.
Guide your students by asking each lab group questions that pertain to the exercise they are completing.
Answer each lab group’s questions without being condescending or rude.
If you feel that their questions are something they should have read, you can ask questions to help them answer their own questions or you can refer them to specific pages in the lab manual or textbook.
If you do not know the answer, work with your students to find the answer.
DO NOT use your phone during lab. Please put it away. The students are not allowed to use their phones during lab and you need to set a good example.
Have the students complete all exercises in their task sheets before the end of lab (unless otherwise indicated in the task sheet).
Do not have students skip sections in the task sheet because you want to leave lab early.
Do not use lab time for grading. If there is time you can grade the quizzes and hand them back but do not grade the task sheets during lab.
Do not work on your own projects during lab time.
Follow up discussions must be given at the end of lab when everybody has completed all of the task sheet (including the lab summary).
If students are still completing the lab exercise after the scheduled time for the lab section, help them finish. You may need to move to a different room.