Connecting With Your Professor in the Classroom (contributed by Marc DelValle, Megan Funaro, Elizabeth Mashiak, Lauren Petersen and Nicholas Thomas)

 

 

Connecting with your professor in the classroom while class is in session is important to any lesson. Struggling with who has the floor and when you are permitted to speak as opposed to when the professor wants the floor are some of the regular problems a peer leader could have. To have the students on your side and provide you with respect and courteousness, you need to give off the impression that your professor and you are on the same page and not in a “power struggle” for speaking time. The best way to prevent these types of problems is to meet with your professor and understand their expectation of you and you give them your expectations as a peer. If meeting every week is not possible, try to maintain some form of communication via e-mail, phone, or text.

Some things to keep in mind when in the class room:

·         Eye contact with your professor during moments of uncertainty

·         Transition phrases such as “And now I will turn it over to”…

·         Try to fill in silence gaps and transition of slides in power points with your own interjections

·         Attempt to not restate what the professor lectures about, but try to come at the subject a new way.

When following these simple steps and suggestions you will have an easier time sharing the class period with your professor. The above bulleted suggestions are all potential solutions.  Run these by your  professor before putting them into action, so as to ensure a good experience for professors, peer leaders and students alike. 

The key to developing a successful relationship with your students is communication. The power to communicate with the students will determine whether or not they will take you seriously in a position of power. Here are some ways to connect with them in a way that will allow you to be their friend but, also, someone they can turn to as a leader and mentor.  Promoting collaboration amongst the classroom will help develop connections and relationships.  Communication also means opening your ears to the thoughts of your students. This bond you are trying to build with them is a two way relationship that blossoms with the help of utilizing your ears as often as you use your vocal cords.

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