- The class demands both a sound grounding in basic accounting (many students' lease favorite course) and decent math skills
- The class serves two purposes - for finance majors, it's the foundational course, provides the basicc background that they'll use in all subsequent finance courses. For the non-finance major, it's the only finance course they'll ever take.
- There's a wide varience in student aptitude for the material
- It's often done in large (40+ student) sections.
See Jane Compute is blogging about teaching the intro computer programming course, which shares many of these same difficulties. She writes:
The biggest challenges I have at this level are (a) maintaining everyone's interest in the material, without losing or boring anyone along the way; (b) making sure that the lesser-prepared students aren't intimidated by the blowhards (many of whom really have sub-standard skills, but they know the lingo and they know how to sling it around); (c) introducing an overwhelming number of concepts in the first several weeks, and making sense out of them; (d) making sure that at the end of the class, everyone has some baseline skill in programming a computer.She's got some great suggestions. Read them here.