Effective Classroom Management

Dos and Don’ts When Working with International Students in the Classroom – Education Article

Annually, approximately one million international students study in the U.S. where they advance science and research in various fields. Many international students go great lengths to accomplish their goals and fill voids in the job market, and several Nobel laureates were once international students. In response, it is crucial to acknowledge mistakes professors make and how to best avoid these to both welcome and support international students. Professors in U.S. colleges are often unaware of how certain interactions, assumptions, and…

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The Trait Every Great Teacher Shares – Education Article

There is a trait great teachers share. It isn’t something you can see, not at first glance anyway. But every student can sense it. They can feel it viscerally while in their teacher’s presence. It’s something lasting, highly influential, and part of who the teacher is. It’s woven into their manner and demeanor. It’s integral to everything that they say and do and stays with them wherever they go. More importantly, it makes managing behavior far easier for them than…

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Supporting Learning in Students with Autism: What Do Professors Need to Know? – Education Article

“Jason is a bright, ambitious, and warm 22-year-old. He wants to be a Geologist. However, Jason has a hard time staying focused in a large classroom. Group activities, competing deadlines, and fast-paced lectures challenge him. He has trouble asking his professors for help, and sometimes comes across as blunt or awkward.” Have you wondered how to support a student like Jason? While some young adults seek out vocational options after high school, others pursue higher education in a variety of…

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Easy to Implement Strategies for Disabilities in the College Classroom – Education Article

The teaching process not only involves content knowledge, but also an understanding of teaching and learning principles with insights about different learning needs (note: not the same thing as “learning styles”). Instructors must understand what pedagogical strategies meet those learning needs. Chickering (1987) delineated seven “good practice” principles, many of which emphasize classroom interaction. Even when lecturing, it’s helpful to have strategies which enable comprehension of and interaction with the material. With increasing levels of classroom diversity, pedagogical strategies that…

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Who Am I? A Strategy for Teaching About Power and Privilege – Education Article

Creating a successful learning experience is at the heart of instructional design and delivery. “In addition to academic instruction, one of a classroom’s teachers most important roles is to help students develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and self-reflection skills necessary to foster a better society” (Blacke, 2015, para. 1). Encouraging students to explore the topics of power and privilege resulting from social classifications and their impact on the thoughts and actions of themselves and others is an important step toward…

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When Everything Goes Right in the Classroom – Education Article

It is difficult to predict what the dynamics of a college class will be like at the beginning of a semester. Two sections of the same subject taught by the exact same instructor can have radical differences in how students communicate with one another in class. Since student interaction is not a consideration of the software program that manages college registration and class composition, it is exciting for an instructor when the computer actually creates a group of students with…

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Back to Basics in the Classroom – Education Article

After a fifteen-year hiatus from teaching musicianship classes (I typically teach undergraduate music theory core classes and graduate classes), I taught Musicianship 1 last semester which opened my eyes to the many challenges teachers face on a daily basis at my institution. It probably won’t come as a surprise, but I noticed immediately, as a whole, entering first-year students are not as prepared today to be music majors as when I first started my career more than 20 years ago.…

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