As the semester comes to a close, here’s a reminder to celebrate. Celebrate all the lessons learned. Celebrate the concepts covered. Celebrate the hard work. And most importantly, celebrate the good that has happened this semester. This is especially important because at a time that feels like a crunch to get it all in, we […]
As the semester comes to a close, time becomes more precious. Having students engaged and participatory can take away some scheduled class time, but there is a strategy to that you can implement which provides students an opportunity to share their ideas while an encouraging them to help keep the conversation moving. This strategy is affectionately […]
The CTL wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy this time with your family and friends. The Tuesday Teaching Tips blog will be back next week!
For my graduate school homework, I was assigned several pages from John Bean’s book, Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (2nd ed.). One idea that resonated with me was a reading strategy that I believe could be helpful and used as a reading (or writing) […]
A few weeks ago, I was training my mentors, and I gave them a scholarly article to read about mentoring competencies and programs. The article had a lot of dense information and needed to be read carefully, so I decided to teach them the “Say Something” strategy. A strategy they could teach and use with […]
“It’s as clear as mud.” That saying always makes me giggle because I am transported back to high school when a history teacher of mine would say, “Clear as Mud?” and we often had perplexed or confused looks on our faces. Being a teacher now as made me think a lot about this phrase. There […]
During the first week of class, I had my students participate in a Visible Thinking Routine that we have continued to refer back to while discussing our assumptions and biases. This lesson was a great way to build community with my students, learn more about them, and differentiate the class for my visual learners. Here […]
Hope everyone is having a peaceful fall break. Classes resume Wednesday!
Happy week 5! While chatting with colleagues, an idea occurred to me: this week can be a somewhat tricky time during the semester. The newness and excitement of the semester, affectionately known as the “honeymoon phase,” starts to wear off. So how do we continue to engage our students? I find that waiting until midterms […]
Last Tuesday, the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) learned a new learning strategy to embed into our courses. The strategy is called “Naughty Round Table.” The premise of the activity is to allow students to share a problem with their peers and solicit feedback. “Naughty Round Table” works best with groups of three. Here is the […]