Teaching Tips

Early, low-stakes assignments influence future performance and allow us to understand where our students are before and during their learning.
A course syllabus is more than a simple document that students refer to once or twice at the beginning of each course.
In a class that looks to students as just a hurdle to be jumped over, we need to think more deeply about what we do to communicate value.
“Last Word” is an in-class or online discussion activity designed to elicit in-depth thinking and differing opinions from students.
OER used to supplement or replace an expensive textbook can lead to higher student engagement and improve student learning.
Getting students to think metacognitively about the testing effect might have even more impact in how they study.
When we endeavor to teach students something new, it is important that we first consider what students already know.
To ensure that students complete important readings, you can use Class Prep assignments.
Innovate teaching and learning using different types of technology in your classroom.
All the Office 365 apps can be integrated with your course management system (CMS).
Strategies for managing difficult moments/topics in class and how we can use the time as an opportunity to advance student learning.
New terminology can be overwhelming for students who are exposed to a new field of study.
Compilation of two blogs from hastac.org focused on basic engaged pedagogy methods and looking at how to teach difficult text using activist pedagogy.
Within interactive lectures professors typically lecture for a portion of the class, then provide students an opportunity to apply the content covered.
Reading prompts is considered to be a way to motivate students to read. It improves students’ comprehension and critical thinking skills by engaging them.
By using two free online assessments students can complete and bring to class, you can build a better learning community in your classroom.
As we all know, the sage-on-the-stage model is not always an effective method for teaching.
Peer evaluation can improve student writing and help students understand grading criteria. The scaffolding gives students direction in the process.
The success of team-based learning depends on the quality of the assignments instructors design for team projects.
Even as we try to develop our students’ power as critical thinkers, we must also keep in mind that memory is the foundation of learning.
Icebreakers help us create a sense of community which is essential when we are going to work with people.
Consider writing in what may be a new domain for you, the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Elizabeth Bare writes "anxiety about grades is also a central feature of faculty life." Learn ways of better aligning learning and grading.
Integrate blogging into your course as an innovative way to engage students and deliver an active learning experience.
Promote opportunities to increase access and reduce barriers to learning to enhance student success for all with diverse learning and/or life needs.
Learn tips for analyzing feedback and how to handle opposites and outliers.
Neuroscience has played an increasing role in helping educators understand how the brain works in general and how learning happens in particular.
Nearpod is a useful tool in flipping learning and ensuring that my students come to class ready to apply their knowledge.
Engage students with new approaches to the assignment by using digital technology.
Design and develop courses using UDL to ensure that students with a wide range of abilities can access and succeed in the general curriculum.
One way to manage student expectations is by being proactive and communicating your availability up-front and often.
Sharing name pronunciation with multimedia profiles.
“The essence of free speech is that we allow people with whom we disagree to speak.”
Forge a stronger connection among writing, revision, and thinking practices so that students see these as continuous across parts of a class.
Students crave prompt, meaningful feedback about their academic assignments. However, providing feedback quickly can be a challenge for teachers.
Learn about a simple strategy called “Start-Stop-Continue” that only takes about 15 minutes of class time.
Take ACTION with a communication framework when a student makes a challenging comment by using certain practices to maintain a positive class environment.
Encouraging completion of pre-class assignments with the roll of a die
At the end of a class period, the end of a section, or when helping students review for a test, have them create a “Know/Don’t Know/Do” chart.
A good list of ways I have used to form groups that doesn’t require you to prepare in advance.
Tips for helping students learn to communicate clearly, concisely and confidently.
What's the solution to your problem solving problems? Asking brief questions!
As instructors, making mistakes is the one of the best things we can model for students. But what if the mistake you made was saying something offensive?
Helping to clarify expectations and structure is one of the foundations to build a strong sense of community with positive group dynamics.
Quick tips about how online discussion boards can fit into your course design.
This simple five-minute activity at the beginning of class can help students shift their attention toward the class, their classmates, and to you.
Examine the ways exams motivate (or demotivate) students and how to attempt to improve upon this process.
Why do students resist going to office hours? Why are they afraid to make use of this resource--our time and knowledge?
Students learn better when we provide both visual and verbal stimuli that pair well to a particular concept.