Month: October 2018

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‘Teaching in Tumultuous Times’ and Tips for the Classroom

October 29, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

“We are teaching in tumultuous times,” begins a recent blog post from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Emotions experienced by individuals after events of terror often enter the classroom and so teachers should cultivate a compassionate learning environment with a strong sense of community. The blog post offers some […]

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Strategies for Early Career Faculty Members

October 24, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Teachers of all levels experience stress, but early-career faculty members often have difficulty achieving a work-life balance. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education offers tips to new faculty, particularly faculty on the tenure track, on how to prioritize and manage time more effectively. In terms of teaching, faculty should think about gaps in […]

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Math Education Gets a Makeover

October 22, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Course Design / Improving Teaching and Learning /

A nationwide effort is afoot to make undergraduate math courses more engaging for students. In the past, there was often a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching math, and many of the classes were structured as weed-out courses, Shannon Najmabadi writes in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Now, schools such as Rutgers University […]

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Dealing with Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom

October 18, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

Difficult dialogues, or challenging conversations in the classroom, is a common frustration among teachers. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Annie Soisson, Ed.D., offers some tips for managing the dialogues and making them into a teaching moment. Soisson’s pointers include thinking ahead and trying to determine what moments could trigger discord, and planning a response; […]

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New Perspective on Lecturing in Teaching

October 16, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Lecturing is a contentious subject lately, with some teachers arguing that it should be abolished in favor of more active learning methods. However, calling for an end to lecturing overlooks its advantages and nuances, writes Joshua Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of humanities at Rice University, in a […]

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Composing a Life: Women Inspiring Women Event

October 16, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Are you a woman undergraduate or graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis? Consider attending an upcoming event from the Women’s Society, “Composing a Life: Women Inspiring Women.” Five women panelists will share their stories of career success and a Q&A session and networking dinner will follow. The event is on Tuesday, October 23 […]

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Five Ways to Help Improve Recall in Students

October 11, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Research on Teaching and Learning

When it comes to obstacles in learning, sometimes the problem isn’t that students forgot the information but that they never learned it in the first place, says Debora S. Herold, Ph.D., in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the article, “Remembering to Learn: Five Factors for Improving Recall,” Herold offers five tips to help teachers improve […]

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Washington University Teachers use Augmented Reality in the Classroom

October 11, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Resources for Teaching / STEM Education / Teaching at WashU

When it comes to teaching, sometimes out-of-the-box methods are the most effective ones. Teachers at the Fossett Laboratory for Virtual Planetary Exploration at Washington University are using augmented reality to help students in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department study complex geology in the classroom. The lab, with the help of research scientist Martin Pratt […]

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Chronicle of Higher Education

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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome in Teaching

October 8, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

“Impostor Syndrome,” or the feeling of being an intellectual fraud, is common among teachers, says Sindhumathi Revuluri, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at Harvard University. In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Revuluri says that impostor syndrome can affect a range of teachers from new graduate students to established faculty members. Revuluri […]

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Graduate Students as Undergraduate Teachers

October 4, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

An increasing number of graduate students are teaching undergraduate courses, according to a recent Faculty Focus article. In the article, authors Shazia Ahmed, Ph.D., and Lisa Rosen, Ph.D., cite a 2017 U.S. News and World Report statistic showing that at some universities such as Purdue and the University of South Florida, up to 26 percent of undergraduate […]

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