Tag: Discussions

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How to Overcome Student Apathy in the Classroom

April 25, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Student apathy is common in classrooms but instructors can take a critical step to overcome it, writes Major Wolfgang S. Weber, assistant professor of Law at the US Air Force Academy, in a recent Faculty Focus story. In the article, Weber talks about incorporating a “motivation step” into the beginning of class sessions to show students […]

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Advantages of Student-Led Classroom Discussions

March 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are many discussion styles in the classroom but a student-led approach could be the best one to stimulate conversation, writes Peter Wayne Moe, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and the director of the Writing Program at Seattle Pacific University in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Moe cites an example of student-led discussion […]

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‘Don’t Be Scary,’ Higher Ed Teacher Urges Professors in His New Book

November 8, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Joshua Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University, has some advice for teachers: “Don’t Be scary.” Eyler in his soon-to-be-published book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching,” uses scientific insights to give nuanced teaching tips. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights five […]

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Quality Over Quantity in Classroom Discussion

November 7, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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When it comes to classroom discussion quality is often more important than quantity, according to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the story, David Gooblar, a lecturer in the rhetoric department of the University of Iowa, writes that having students talk during class can be detrimental to the learning process if […]

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9.22.2010--Freshman FOCUS class, "Women in Science" team taught by Prof. Regina Frey (striped shirt) & Prof. Barbara Baumgartner. Photos by Joe Angeles

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Guidelines for Debate-Time Discussions

October 3, 2016 | Beth Fisher

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The excitement surrounding the upcoming presidential debate at Washington University makes this week a great time to foster opportunities–both within and outside the classroom–to develop a deeper understanding of different perspectives on a wide range of issues that are being discussed by voters and by the candidates. As you engage your students in these conversations in the classroom, […]

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9.22.2010--Freshman FOCUS class, "Women in Science" team taught by Prof. Regina Frey (striped shirt) & Prof. Barbara Baumgartner. Photos by Joe Angeles

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Creating Brave Classrooms for Courageous Conversations

July 8, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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In a recent Teaching Professor post, Nicki Monahan discusses the importance of continuing to create “brave classrooms” where students and faculty have the opportunity to construct a shared understanding through their diverse experiences and perspectives. Using Ground Rules is a critical foundation for creating “brave classrooms.”

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Leading Discussions: Tips from a Junior-Faculty Workshop

September 17, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

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Yesterday’s first junior-faculty workshop of the academic year, “Leading Effective Discussions,” led by Gina Frey, drew faculty from disciplines ranging from business to music and physics to think through the challenges and opportunities of classroom discussions. True to its topic, the workshop took the form of a lively discussion. We brainstormed in small groups and then reconvened […]

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