Coordinator, Secondary School Leadership
(757) 283-7850 x.10325
High School to College Transition
It is important to know the differences between high school and college instructors.
|High School Teachers
|Grade and check completed homework.
|Assume homework is completed and students are able to perform on a test.
|May remind students of incomplete assignments.
|May not remind students of incomplete assignments. Accept that it is the students' responsibility to check with the instructor to see if requirements are being met.
|May know students' needs and approach students when they need assistance.
|Are usually open and helpful, but expect students to initiate contact when assistance is needed.
|May be available before, during, or after class.
|May require students to attend scheduled office hours.
|Have been trained in teaching methods.
|Have lots content knowledge but not necessarily formal training in teaching methods.
|Often provide students with information missed during absence.
|Expect students to get information from classmates when they miss a class
|Present material to help students understand what is in the textbook.
|May not follow the textbook. Lectures enhance the topic area. (Hint: Students need to connect lectures and textbook.)
|Teach knowledge and facts, leading students through the thinking process.
|Expect students to think independently and connect seemingly unrelated information.
|Often take time to remind students of assignment and test dates.
|Expect students to read, save, and reference the course syllabus. (Hint: Syllabi allow students to know exactly what is expected, when assignments are due, and how they will be graded.)