Effective Teaching Strategies

Status Update: Changing the Way We Deliver Instruction – Education Article

All too often I have heard colleagues pondering over situations in which students are found on their smart phones rather than engaged in class.  As a former elementary school teacher who now instructs students at the college level, I wonder if this could be because the students are not fully engaged in the content being presented.  These students may not just be updating their current status on their social media account or texting a friend about plans that day, but…

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How to Use Technology to Harness the Power of Student Emotion – Education Article

Igniting an emotional connection to content inside the classroom can be a powerful tool for student retention, but intertwining technology and emotion in the classroom can be even more impactful. Flower Darby, senior instructional designer at Northern Arizona University, delves into how faculty can pair technology with course content to foster emotional processing in their students.   Darby says sometimes students just don’t resonate with content, but technology can overcome this disengagement by evoking a student’s emotion to better learn…

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On Diets, Politics, and Faculty Development – Faculty Focus – Education Article

In the world of diets, movements are the thing that sells…Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, Keto, and, now, Carnivore (…seriously, it’s a thing). Yet, upon closer inspection, many of these diets perform similarly in the long run, which is to say they perform underwhelmingly. When a dieter fails to get the pseudoscientific benefits promised, they are likely to blame themselves. They relapsed, cheated, or otherwise failed to follow instructions (succumbing to the fate of being an imperfect human being). It is…

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Active Learning That Distracts from Learning – Faculty Focus – Education Article

Because I teach mixed demographic courses, I often look out at a sea of distracted and unmotivated faces. Motivation is a large part of learning (Pintrich and deGroot, 2003). So, I use active learning activities, such as think-pair-share, to not only motivate students (Marbach-Ad et al., 2001), but also to enhance student learning (Bonwell and Eison, 1919; Freeman et al., 2014). If I’m being honest, active learning also has the added perk of distracting students from the monotony of my…

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Learner-Centered Teaching: 10 Ideas for Getting Started – Education Article

May 1st, 2019 By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD <!– – Looking to incorporate some learner-centered teaching principles into your courses but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are 10 activities for building student engagement and getting students more actively involved in their learning. Strategy One: Creating the Climate for Learning Use the same activity but with a different topic. For example, before the first discussion in a class, you might have students talk…

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Footnote, Endnote, Thank-you Notes – Faculty Focus – Education Article

Thank-you notes make people happy. For as much joy as they give me, I don’t send them enough. In fact, I think writing thank-you notes is a dying art. They’re overlooked forms of positive closure. Gratitude on its own is powerful, and when it’s exchanged, it feels amazing. After I thought about what notes of gratitude could accomplish, I started emailing thank-you notes to my students, waiting until well after the semester for the most impact.  As someone who teaches…

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Tips for Teaching Students ‘What to Learn’ and ‘How to Learn’ During Lectures – Faculty Focus – Education Article

It was soon after my son enrolled in a local junior college that I realized something was wrong. Success, which seemed to come so easy to him in high school, was suddenly out of reach. In fact, he was failing every course! I quickly learned that in high school he did not have to exert any effort and was taught to simply memorize material. Sadly, this high school experience resulted in a new high school graduate who had no concept…

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Getting Students to Practice | Faculty Focus – Education Article

I flunked out of college seven times. Yes, seven times. While there are many great tales associated with each failure—friends causing endless distractions, having to work late, one lame excuse after another—ultimately, I accepted that I am responsible for never acting like a student. Seven times I signed up, seven times I purchased books, seven times I went to class for a couple of weeks, and seven times I was off on another (ostensibly more important) adventure. Now, on the…

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