Principles of Teaching

 0.First of all, do no harm.     Primum est non nocere.
 1.Read the text, it is more than the students do.
 2.It is important to appear to care.
 3.It is impossible to underestimate a student.
 4.It they don't do it correctly the first time, they never will.
 5.Grades are determined in the first three weeks of the semester, the rest of time is to convince the students that is what they deserve.
 6.Only those students who do not need help will ask for it.  Those who do need help will not ask.
 7.Never care more about a student's grade than the student does.
 8.Some students are destined to ask "Would you like fries with that?"  It is your responsibility to help them find their destiny.
 9.The product of the amount of time and effort put in by the advisor and the student is a constant.
10.All grading opportunities in a given course are optional.
11.Do not let a student's procrastination become your crisis.
12.Your most important priority is to all those people in the future that the student will interact with professionally.
13.Keep in mind: Ecclesiastes 1:13,
Ecclesiastes 12:12,
2 Timothy 2:15,
Daniel 5:25
Matthew 10:24
14.Students are never as ignorant about course policies and requirements as they try to make you believe.
15.To acquiesce to a student's request for an exception is generally not in his or her best interest.
16.If a student spent as much time studying as he or she does complaining and begging after earning a poor grade, there would be nothing to complain about!
17.'Tis better to let a student convince himself that he is a failure than to deny him the opportunity.
18.The success of a college student in school (and in life) is inversely proportional to the amount of involvement of the parents in his or her school activities.
19.20% of the students will take 80% of your time—the remaining 80% will take only 20% of your time.
20.To "save a student" by making exceptions is generally to enable his or her dysfunction—it is better to put them out of their misery.
21.To give a student a second chance is good.  To give them a fourth, or fifth, or ... chance is too much of a good thing.
22.If you treat a college student as a child, he will remain a child.  If you let him experience the consequences of his decisions, he may learn.
23.If no student complains about you, then you are not doing a good job because your standards are too low.
24.Always let a student register for a class in which you know he does not have a chance of passing—just insist on the tuition in cash up front.
25.Keep in mind that the attention span of today's students is the time between commercials.
26.There is no shortcut (eg. copying, cramming, using answer book, memorizing test bank or old tests) to long-term academic success.
27.You can't save a student from him or herself.
28.Do not expect students to know as much about Bulletin policies as you know, but if is to their advantage, they will know every detail.
29.Students never change.  Those that are diligent, on-time, never absent will always be.  Those that are not will never be.
30.Students who sell their textbooks, especially in their major, are like Esau selling his birthright.  They have essentially given up on any future tests such as NCLEX, MCAT, GMAT, or GRE since they have nothing to review from.
31.The loudness of the audience at graduation for a student is proportional to the weakness of the student.  There is a lot to cheer about for a student who barely made it!


Never complain about being overworked when two committee meetings are scheduled for the same time.  You can use each one as an excuse to skip both!
B.There will always be one person on a committee that "objects" or takes "issue" with whatever is under discussion.
Recall:    Numbers 5:2
C.When the administration of a university refers to the faculty as "employees" the institution is in serious trouble.
D.Administrators can fool the board, but they can't fool the faculty.
E.Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach.
Those who can't teach, administrate.
Those who can't administrate, consult.
Those who can't consult, make speeches.
Those who can't make speeches, tweet.
F.If a college or university accepts that just "knowledge" is its aim, the institution has lost its quality of education.
G.The bigger of an "empire" an administrator trys to build or the greater control he or she insists on, the less capable.