Gently Hew Stone lists 50 Things New Teachers Need To Know. Among his suggestions:
Avoid group work. Theyâ€™ll usually just copy or play around. Or both. People who insist that students need practice â€œcooperatingâ€ and â€œworking with othersâ€ are wrong. They already know how to manipulate such systems and blend in. They need practice being focused and responsible. If you do give group work, please make sure that each individual has a specific product or element of the whole for which to be responsible and graded on.
He also lists PC Myths, such as:
â€œAll students can learn.â€ Well, maybe they can, but many wonâ€™t. Everybody loves an underdog, and youâ€™ve probably been inspired by some movie where a misfit teacher doesnâ€™t give up on some slacker with a heart of gold until said slacker unleashes their amazing hidden talent and excels. In the real world, we canâ€™t afford to dwell on those who choose to fail. In any given class, about 5%-15% of the students will be unreachable. Donâ€™t waste your time trying to â€œsaveâ€ them. Meanwhile, the majority of your students are getting Câ€™s and Dâ€™s when they really should be getting Aâ€™s and Bâ€™s. Those students, the fat middle part of the bell curve, should be your priority. Teach them.
â€œStudents must be able to relate to content to understand or care about it.â€ How condescending! Theyâ€™re not here to be pandered to, to have their warped, manufactured view of the world reinforced. Theyâ€™re here to expand their horizons. That means intellectual humility borne of introspection brought on by exposure to challenging new ideas. Shock and awe, baby.
He also suggests more writing and fewer projects.