Managing the personal side of small group teaching
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You can't pretend that those don't happen, but that is good teaching because you are now thinking about the individual learner rather than yourself as a transmitter. So that is good. Having said that, there has got to become a point where you have to say "Now I'm assessing". I think those sorts of ground rules, about your relationship and your role is part of getting to know the group and being clear.
So ground rules are an important part for their perspective. We are all here to contribute, to pull our weight, to do our preparation. I am here to facilitate but I am not available 24 hours a day, so I think that is all part of setting that up which you referred to earlier on.
Hamish: I deal with dyslexic students, there are a lot of them, I see a lot of students who then turn out to have other problems. If a student comes to me it is usually because there are three problems all getting them down at once, one or two they can cope with.
I find there is no barrier between my teaching work - there is with my assessing work, yes, I agree with you, but there is no barrier between my teaching work and my pastoral work because they all run in to each other and I get help from my Head of Department because I will not turn these students away if they come to me outside office hours.
So for matters of coursework and the student wants to ask when do I hand this in, how do I do this essay? They can be helped by technology.