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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

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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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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome in Teaching

October 8, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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“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

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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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The Teaching Center is on Social Media

October 2, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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The Teaching Center is on social media. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag “#WUSTLTTC,” or follow us at one of our accounts. You can find us on Twitter at WUSTL Teaching Center, or @WUSTLTTC. Our Facebook page is The Teaching Center at Washington University in St. Louis, or @WUSTLTTC. Feel […]

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Five Ways to Facilitate Equal Group Work

October 1, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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In a recent Faculty Focus article, “Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try,” Li-Shih Huang, Ph.D., discusses strategies for improving group work in the classroom. Huang gives five tips for promoting a balance of work among group members. Two tips include designing a group project in which students work in […]

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Designing Better Multiple-Choice Questions

October 1, 2018 | Meg Gregory

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In a recent article for WashU’s The Source, Associate Professor in the Departments of Education and of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Andrew Butler describes his research on best practices for multiple-choice testing. He notes that the best multiple-choice tests provide at least three plausible answers and test for “real world” cognitive processing, like comparison and […]

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