Want to help your students improve their critical thinking? Then give them opportunities to make decisions during your lab exercises. According to a research project at Stanford University and the University of British Columbia, students who make decisions about how to improve their data gathering abilities, even in the simplest of experiments, gain skills of decision-making that will help them in more advanced science courses.
Following thoughtful class design, lecture preparation, online class portal updating, and first day of class clothing selection comes the time when we, as teachers, must step into the classroom and actually interact with students. Regardless of the degree of preparation, unexpected problems may arise as students begin to interact with you and the class materials. Some students may not agree with your approach, and they may tell you as much. In fact, some students might go so far as to question your thoughtful wardrobe choices as well!
Yesterday as I was laying out some details of my upcoming Fall semester course design, I mentioned that I was introducting a new category of assessment in my courses called Learning Community. And if you go into the syllabi for my Fall courses and look in the section containing the main learning objectives for the course – the basic principles that define student success – you will find this:
Students will be active, caring, and productive contributors to the class learning community.
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Line up course readings. Plan the syllabus. Design lesson plans and homework assignments. Those are some of the big-picture elements that we all fret over as college instructors preparing for the fall semester. But as teachers of writing and rhetoric, we've come to realize the crucial role of the (often overlooked) "little" things.
The Teaching Professor invites proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations for the 2016 Teaching Professor Conference, June 3-5, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Now in its 13th year, The Teaching Professor Conference provides a thought-provoking and stimulating forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share practical ideas and best practices that advance college teaching and learning.
The more time students spend as active participants in learning activities, the more they learn. Research has proven this strong correlation again and again. But that doesn’t make it any easier to achieve. As an instructor, the challenge lies in not only lighting that fire of student engagement, but keeping the fire burning when student apathy and boredom creep into your classroom.
What, then, is the critical element for teaching success? I say the best teachers are learning driven; their teaching is wholly focused on developing a deep understanding of the subject matter in the minds of their students. This entails much more than presenting information. Learning-driven teachers don’t simply wish or hope their students learn -- they take actions to see that the desired kind of learning takes place.
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