The Academy’s Purpose, Mission and Goals Your Role The Department Mission Department History Philosophy of Teaching Subject Matter The Academic Environment
The Meaning of Education Educational Philosophy The Search for Balance Requisites for a Military Career Evolution of the USMA Curriculum The Early Years 1950 – 1982 Evolution of the Department of Social Sciences Curriculum Conclusion
Structure Academic Duty Positions Academic Rank Selection Criteria Preparation Prior to USMA Assignment New Instructor Orientation Major Additional Duties Development at West Point
Overview General Academic Counseling Department Academic Counselors Company Academic Counselors Other Cadet Programs Conclusion
Overview The Teacher's General Orientation: On Learning Generalizations About Entry Postures Giving Shape to the Teaching Challenge Talent and Commitment Educational Culture Impediments to Learning The Cruise Ethic Procrastination Self-image Perceived Relevance of Writing Characteristics of Good Teachersv The Maxims Enthusiasm Personal Interest Accessibility Professionalism Developing Potential Standards of Expression Preparation Craig's Golden Rules A Teaching Sequence Objectives. Coordination and Organization Course Objectives Integration of Courses Lesson Conference Instructor Notes Assignments The Mechanics of Teaching Conclusion
Maintaining Perspective Choosing Methods of Instruction The Discussion Approach Problem Solving Scenarios Question Techniques Discussion Environment and Techniques The “Any questions on the lessons” Approach Open Discussion Raising Topics for Discussion Reference to Personal Experience Reference to Current Events Reference to History The Short Lecture Devil’s Advocate Application Methods Cadet Presentation Role Playing Debating Computer Assisted Simulations and Games The Fabricated Outline Round Table and Panel Playing the Expert Written Exercises Study Group The Special Topic Case Study Techniques Audiovisual Methods Chalkboards or Dry Marker Boards Maps PowerPoint Films and Video tape Instructional Television Display Boards Making Instruction Interesting Avoid Rehashing the Reading Assignment Arouse Curiosity Achieve Variety Use Humor Common Problems in the Classroom Cadet Intellectual Attitudes Patterns of Participation Conclusion
Overview The Importance of Evaluation and Gradinq Standards of Performance Know Your Students Background Information Know West Point's Milieu The Barracks Evaluating Cadet Performance Grade Distribution Evaluation and Counseling Course Design and Grading Requirements Tests and Test Questions Philosophy Question Types Case Studies and Extra Credit Course Failures Conclusion
Overview The Teaching Environment Impediments to Reading, Thinking, and Writing Aids to Reading, Thinking, and Writing Writing in Our Courses Today Keys to Effective Writing Course Design Analytical Focus Our Task --Define An Explicit Requirement Our Task --Hold Cadets' Feet to the Fire Cadets' Task --Define and Advance the Argument Cadet Engagement Documentation Production Skills Evaluation and Feedback Conclusion
Of Art and Attributes Student Evaluations Formal Student Evaluations Instructor Surveys Special Incidents Evaluation of Student Development Colleague Review Personal Assessments Personal Inventory of Teaching Style Appraisals of Student Response Evaluating Our Effectiveness
Department Philosophy Department Priorities Financial Support for Faculty Research Liaison With Academic Institutions, Research Institutes Conclusion
Overview Debate SCUSA Domestic: Affairs Forum Model United Nations The Finance Forum Administration Academic Individual Advance Development Program Cadet Summer Intern Program Crossroads Africa Graduate Scholarship: Programs Rhodes Scholarship Marshall Scholarship Truman Scholarship NSF Fellowships The Olmsted Scholar Program Conclusion
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