Category: Teaching Tips

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How to End a Course: Teaching Tips

November 11, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Eric Fournier, Ph.D., Director of Educational Development at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer in International and Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis Imagine an evening concert with a firm midnight curfew.  The opening number grabs the crowd’s attention. The middle part of the show is filled with improvised riffs, extended […]

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Using Student Teamwork Effectively: Teaching Tips

October 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Emily Boyd, Ph.D., Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis Have you ever asked students to work on a project or assignment in teams and seen their eyes roll all the way from the back of the classroom? I have. Many […]

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Using Stories to Motivate: Teaching Tips

September 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By William Lowry, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies (By Courtesy), Washington University in St. Louis People sometimes say that one key to teaching is to ask good questions. While I certainly agree with that, I would add that you also have to motivate students to want to know the answers to those […]

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Incorporating Student Voices into Lectures: Teaching Tips

August 16, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Tim Bono, Ph.D., Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis One of the most effective techniques I have found to increase student engagement during class is through weekly thought papers. These low-stakes assignments—simply asking the students to tell a story from […]

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Every Graph Tells a Story: Teaching Tips

July 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Sophia E. Hayes, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Institute for School Partnership Faculty Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis Practitioners in nearly all fields communicate the results of their data gathering via graphs. Informed citizens, reading newspapers and magazines, are also regularly exposed to charts and graphs for showing data (side […]

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