I have just been offered and accepted my first adjunct instructor position. It is at a nationally accredited college. I am very excited to start my teaching career. They only allow me to teach one class my first quarter, but if I do well I can teach 2-3 next quarter. Here's what I know: The course is SQL databases and SQL programming I should get the textbook and syllabus next week There is no instructors manual or test banks I must come up with my own lectures, assignments and exams I should find out about the lab and virtual server environment soon The class is one night per week for 4 hours in the classroom There are 6-7 prerequisites before students can take this class There are 10-12 students in the class I'm looking for advice on how to structure and manage the classroom as 4 hours is a long time in one stretch. - Ask for cell phones to be put in silent mode? - Recap last weeks session? - Provide the answers from last weeks assignments? - Explain this week's topic at a high level? - Break my lectures into 15 minute chunks? - Ask for questions every 15 minutes or just as I go? - Show SQL demos during the class? - Throw in real world experiences? - Have students do lab work in class? - Bathroom breaks every hour for 5-10 minutes? - Bigger break half way thru the 4 hours? I am ready for your wisdom!!