James Eison, Confidence In the Classroom: Ten Maxims for New Teachers

Jim EisonIn 1990, James Eison published what would become a classic in faculty development: “Confidence In the Classroom: Ten Maxims for New Teachers.”  At the time he was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southeast Missouri State University.  In the article, he provided his 10 rules new faculty need to adopt.  In reality, his propositions have a considerable amount to offer both junior and senior faculty.

The 10 maxims are:

  1. To Feel Confident, Act Confident
  2. Examine Why You Want to Teach
  3. Learn the Characteristics Associated with Effective Teaching
  4. Enter Each Class with Specific Educational Goals and Objectives
  5. Teach Less, Better
  6. Use Active Learning Strategies Regularly
  7. Don’t Be a Perfectionist
  8. Be Relaxed about Admitting It When You Don’t Know Something
  9. Ask for Response from Students and Colleagues
  10. Remember that Enthusiasm and Energy Can Carry the Day

A PDF of the article is available here:  https://www.uwo.ca/tsc/resources/pdf/Confidence%20in%20the%20Classroom%20College%20Teaching%20Article.pdf

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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