I responded with a brief observation that too often I see teachers jump straight into the heart of their curriculum without any attempt to build some communication line with the students. The teacher is fired up, ready to go, filled with adrenaline, and 100% focused. Students in our interviews have so often told us ... "he's (prof) functioning at 100% focus... we come in, fresh from another class, an argument with our girlfriends, sleep deprived, or from a brutal exam.. and we are expected to make the automatic transition... doesn't happen".
What are your thoughts???...
At SAIT Polytechnic, we use the Instructor Skills Workshop (ISW) training originally developed at a B.C. college (about 25 years ago).
ISW is a 24-hr training session which is available to new instructors, contract instructors,instructors needing a refresher; it's also part of our 80 hr Teaching Excellence Foundations (TEF) training offered to new hires every August.
TEF and ISW make use of the BOPPPS model (bridge in, objective, pre-assessment, participation, post-assessment, summary). Using the model goes a long way to addressing the problem you offer as an example. Is it a panacea for all teaching woes? No. Does it help? Yes.