Category: Improving Teaching and Learning

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Dealing with Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom

October 18, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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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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Five Ways to Help Improve Recall in Students

October 11, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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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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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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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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Are Small Classes Best? It’s Complicated

March 23, 2018 | Julia Johnson

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In the article, “Are Small Classes Best? It’s Complicated“, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Beckie Supiano describes the conversation surrounding the relationship between effective teaching and course size.  Intuition tells us that small course sizes likely lead to more effective instruction, but studies have yet to arrive at a consensus to prove this. The […]

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Dissecting the Classroom

February 16, 2018 | Julia Johnson

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In the article, “Dissecting the Classroom“, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Berrett describes the procedure for, and importance of, classroom observation protocols. During a classroom observation, an individual will document both what the instructor is doing and what the students are doing at periodic intervals throughout the class. Through these observations instructors are […]

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Does Redesigning Classrooms Make a Difference to Students?

February 10, 2018 | Julia Johnson

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In the article Does Redesigning Classrooms Make a Difference to Students? from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Shannon Najmabadi examines the impact that classroom design can have on student engagement and student learning. The research discussed in this article indicates that classroom spaces impact student engagement for a variety of reasons, from lowering the barrier for […]

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Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

October 26, 2017 | Julia Johnson

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In the article “Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class” from the Chronicle of Higher Education, James M. Lang provides four strategies for immediately engaging students in your course material. These four strategies—opening with a question, asking students what they learned during the previous class, revisiting prior knowledge and low-stakes writing assignments—can be […]

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