Notes on Teaching Efficiently provides some suggestions for general work-life balance for new teachers and instructors. Additional coaching may be available from Dr. Runté as either workshops for school staff/faculty or individual consultations.
Writing Better Course Outlines shows how a more comprehensive course outline (sometimes called a Course Guide) can help students succeed and head off student complaints about unfair assessment. Good teaching and assessment starts by laying out the intended learning outcomes of the course for the students. Students can hit any target they can see and that holds still for them. Most instructors fail to use course outlines to best advantage to set students (and themselves) up for success. Essential Edits may be able to assist by editing or helping to design your course outlines.
Do's The Do's and Don'ts of Grading talks about how to score essay tests and assignments to improve the quality of feedback and reduce wasted marking time and energy. Dr. Runté may be available to consult on your grading practices.
Feedback Students Can Use Understanding the Undergraduate's Frame of Reference explains how instructors need to phrase their feedback in ways students can understand, which requires thinking like a student. Dr. Runté may be available to assist if students do not seem to be making use of your feedback as expected.
Sample Scoring Criteria illustrates how to create a scoring rubric for essay tests and assignments that is specific enough for students to understand the task requirements and standards, but open-ended enough to allow them to choose the topics/examples that are meaningful to them. Essential Edits can assist by editing rubrics, by helping to design better rubrics for specific tasks, or by providing workshops/tutoring on rubric design.
I'm an 'A' Student, But You Only Gave Me A 'C'" (Addressing Student complaints) explains how to turn students' grumpy complaints into a learning moment. Instead of being defensive, change student attitudes by giving them the metaskills to understand and effectively use course objectives and rubrics. Dr. Runté may be available to assist with grading practices and explanation
Grade Inflation may be of interest to instructors asked to justify high grades. (They are likely getting higher grades because you are a better teacher.)
Dr. Runté is a retired Faculty of Education professor
Dr. Runté spent over twenty years teaching and supervising student teachers in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada). He is currently writing a textbook on test construction for Five Rivers Publishing and maintains an active assessment blog on a variety of assessment issues. He is also interested in a variety of social and practical teaching issues in the classroom. If you are new to teaching, or experiencing difficulties in the classroom, Dr. Runté may be able to help. He is available for workshops or confidential consultations.