How do I create an intimate climate in large classes?
- Talk, don't lecture. Talk to one person at a time about your subject.
- Every day, write your office hours on the board. Emphasize that you are
available to chat with students at those times. Be available at those
- Talk slowly and tell stories. Personalize the course content as
much as possible. ("This reminds of a time when I was working for a firm that
was designing a parking structure. . . ".)
Learn students' names and faces. Use them.
- When you cover an important concept, do not ask "Any questions?"
Instead, say "O.K., someone up in the last two rows, ask me a question about
this concept." This tells your class you want questions, and you
will get them one way or another.