Teaching Tips

Neuroscience has played an increasing role in helping educators understand how the brain works in general and how learning happens in particular.
Early, low-stakes assignments influence future performance and allow us to understand where our students are before and during their learning.
Compilation of two blogs from hastac.org focused on basic engaged pedagogy methods and looking at how to teach difficult text using activist pedagogy.
Getting students to think metacognitively about the testing effect might have even more impact in how they study.
Tips for helping students learn to communicate clearly, concisely and confidently.
Promote opportunities to increase access and reduce barriers to learning to enhance student success for all with diverse learning and/or life needs.
When we endeavor to teach students something new, it is important that we first consider what students already know.
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.
OER used to supplement or replace an expensive textbook can lead to higher student engagement and improve student learning.
Icebreakers help us create a sense of community which is essential when we are going to work with people.
This simple five-minute activity at the beginning of class can help students shift their attention toward the class, their classmates, and to you.
The success of team-based learning depends on the quality of the assignments instructors design for team projects.
One way to manage student expectations is by being proactive and communicating your availability up-front and often.
Reading prompts is considered to be a way to motivate students to read. It improves students’ comprehension and critical thinking skills by engaging them.
Take ACTION with a communication framework when a student makes a challenging comment by using certain practices to maintain a positive class environment.
New terminology can be overwhelming for students who are exposed to a new field of study.
Design and develop courses using UDL to ensure that students with a wide range of abilities can access and succeed in the general curriculum.
Encouraging completion of pre-class assignments with the roll of a die
Innovate teaching and learning using different types of technology in your classroom.
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.
To ensure that students complete important readings, you can use Class Prep assignments.
Integrate blogging into your course as an innovative way to engage students and deliver an active learning experience.
“The essence of free speech is that we allow people with whom we disagree to speak.”
Within interactive lectures professors typically lecture for a portion of the class, then provide students an opportunity to apply the content covered.
Consider writing in what may be a new domain for you, the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Learn about a simple strategy called “Start-Stop-Continue” that only takes about 15 minutes of class time.
Strategies for managing difficult moments/topics in class and how we can use the time as an opportunity to advance student learning.
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.
What's the solution to your problem solving problems? Asking brief questions!
Examine the ways exams motivate (or demotivate) students and how to attempt to improve upon this process.
A course syllabus is more than a simple document that students refer to once or twice at the beginning of each course.
Learn tips for analyzing feedback and how to handle opposites and outliers.
Engage students with new approaches to the assignment by using digital technology.
Forge a stronger connection among writing, revision, and thinking practices so that students see these as continuous across parts of a class.