This resource provides essential information about teaching practice at The University of Sheffield. It is primarily designed to support those who are new to teaching or those who are new to the University. However, it may also be helpful to teaching staff who feel they need a refresher about the key principles of what makes an excellent classroom practitioner.
The resource is divided into four sections, all of which consider teaching practice at the level of an individual session.
1. 'Planning your teaching session' considers how to transform academic ideas, content and materials into a form that is useful for students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
2. 'Structuring your teaching session' considers how the arrangement of a session will ensure that students are engaged and make the most of their time with you.
3. 'Delivering your teaching session' considers how your behaviour in the classroom can influence students’ academic development.
4. 'Reflecting on and evaluating your teaching session' considers what you can do after you have delivered your session to continue to develop your teaching practice.
An accessible, text-only, version of these pages is also available.
First, you might wish to watch this video (captions available), which shows students perspectives on what makes teaching engaging: