Tag: Critical thinking

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“The Landlord’s Game” Teaches a New Generation About Inequality

July 18, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Inclusive Teaching & Learning / Pinned

As part of the Modern Segregation program initiative in American Culture Studies, Michelle Repice (lecturer in American Culture Studies and Assistant Director in The Teaching Center) teaches a popular course, “Home, Bittersweet Home,” which provides a multi-disciplinary lens on the history of home ownership in America. The course uses a case-study approach that is designed […]

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2.24.2011--Prof. Maggie Penn, Associate Professor of Political Science, teaches, "The Mathematics of Elections" (Photos by Joe Angeles)

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There’s No Time Like Summertime (To Refine Peer Review)!

June 24, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Teaching with Writing

This post is for anyone wishing to try peer review or for those who promise ourselves that we’ll take some time “next time” to perfect our peer-review processes. The effort to improve our implementation of peer review is well worth it. Research shows that student learning is not only improved through receiving thoughtful feedback but by learning […]

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Feb 13, 2014 - Students in class in Ridgely Hall. James Byard/WUSTL Photos

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Applying Critiques Beyond Art Courses

April 13, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

In this last month of the semester, we look for ways to help our students consolidate and articulate their learning. In this Tomorrow’s Professor post, Joanna Inman discusses how the art critique can serve in non-art courses not only as a model for assessing student-learning but as an active-learning method in itself. Inman writes with non-art courses and projects in […]

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There’s Still Time to Cultivate Metacognition in Your Course

April 9, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

At this point in the semester, we know if our students have been learning our courses’ concepts and skills. But have we helped them grow as reflective learners who are able to identify how they are learning in order to improve their study processes and final products? As we enter these last weeks of the semester, we still have time […]

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Instructors Set the Tone for Peer-to-Peer Discussions

February 23, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Evidence-Based Strategies

Do your students’ approaches to small-group activities and discussions sound more perfunctory than passionate? Midway through the semester are you wondering how to raise the level of peer-to-peer conversation in your classes? In a recent Teaching Professor post, Maryellen Weimer draws from two studies on student engagement in physics classrooms to offer insights on how to improve peer-to-peer activities […]

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Registration Open for POGIL Summer Workshops

February 15, 2016 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements

The POGIL Project has announced that registration is open for the POGIL Summer 2016 Regional Workshops.  The Central Region POGIL Workshops will take place July 18–20 at Washington University. The registration deadline is 4/15/2016. POGIL (Process-Oriented, Guided-Inquiry Learning) takes a student-centered, team-based, active-learning approach in which students learn key concepts and process skills such as collaboration […]

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Designing Effective Writing Assignments: Questions to Consider

November 4, 2015 | Michelle Repice

Teaching with Writing

Unclear assignments can lead to unclear writing. It is sometimes only as you are grading papers or essay exams that you realize your assignment or prompt may not have been as clear as it could have been. For this reason, the end of a semester–when you are reviewing student work–can be an opportune time to revise your assignments. Whether you are revising […]

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Expecting to Teach Enhances Learning, Recall

September 15, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

Research on Teaching and Learning

A trade secret among educators is that teaching is a form of deep learning. A study led by Washington University postdoctoral researcher John Nestojko, PhD, and recently published in the journal Memory & Cognition shows that people learn more effectively when they think that they will be teaching the material to others. Compared with participants who expected to be […]

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Bryn Lutes using doc camera

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Encouraging Critical Thinking with a Document Camera

August 3, 2015 | Bryn Lutes

Digital Pedagogies

Document cameras allow you to project and write on, or otherwise manipulate, objects–whether paper, books, or chemical models–to make the thinking process come alive for students.​ This post describes three ways to use this easy-to-use and flexible classroom tool.

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