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Week One on the New Job

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What to do, and what not to do.
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Several great tips here for surviving your first week -- including how to avoid alienating your department colleagues!

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Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting

Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Student comments offer only one perspective on teaching. Thorough evaluation of teaching effectiveness requires that each of us reflect on our practices.
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Students not paying attention? Take responsibility for engaging them.

Students not paying attention? Take responsibility for engaging them. | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Although some faculty believe it's up to students to pay attention, there are things we can do to help keep them actively involved in their learning.
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Soliciting External-Review Letters for your tenure review portfolio

Soliciting External-Review Letters for your tenure review portfolio | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Crafting the list of potential reviewers is the most critical part.
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Strategies for Addressing Student Fear in the Classroom

Strategies for Addressing Student Fear in the Classroom | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Upon setting foot in the classroom at the beginning of the semester, many students experience varying degrees of anxiety or fearfulness. As educators, we often sense nervousness among our pupils as we introduce ourselves and hand out copies of the course syllabus to review. Most students settle in shortly, but some may remain consistently fearful. Is it possible that their high levels of fear negatively affect their ability to learn in the classroom from week to week? In this article, we discuss
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Advice for a young black woman in academe about not being called Doctor @insidehighered

Advice for a young black woman in academe about not being called Doctor @insidehighered | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
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As always, insightful advice from Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

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As always, insightful advice from Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

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Essay on importance of working a little fun into your academic work schedule @insidehighered

Essay on importance of working a little fun into your academic work schedule @insidehighered | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

Excellent advice from Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

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10 Things the Best Digital Teachers Do

10 Things the Best Digital Teachers Do | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it

"The best digital teachers share certain perspectives on the use and abuse of technology in the traditional classroom or online; and most of those teachers have learned their techniques through experimentation and revision."

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Great synthesis of advice from experts pulled together by Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris.

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Six Questions That Will Bring Your Teaching Philosophy into Focus

Six Questions That Will Bring Your Teaching Philosophy into Focus | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, a couple of contributions to The Teaching Professor (Haave 2014) and Faculty Focus (Weimer 2014) discussed the place of learning philosophies in our teaching. The online comments to Weimer’s blog post (2014) made me think more about how we as instructors need to be careful to bridge instructivist and constructivist teaching approaches for students not yet familiar with taking responsibility for their own learning (Venkatesh et al 2013).
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What Are They Learning? And How?

What Are They Learning? And How? | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Here are three simple ways to get quality student feedback in your courses.
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Tips on assessing student knowledge in order to tailor class activity.

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Prompts to Help Students Reflect on How They Approach Learning

Prompts to Help Students Reflect on How They Approach Learning | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
One of the best gifts teachers can give students are the experiences that open their eyes to themselves as learners. Most students don’t think much about how they learn. Mine used to struggle to write a paragraph describing the study approaches they planned to use in my communication courses. However, to be fair, I’m not sure I had a lot of insights about my learning when I was a student. Did you?
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From Maryellen Weimer and Faculty Focus: Great ideas for helping students reflect on their learning process.

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Racism Insurance Promo for Dear White People: A Critique

Racism Insurance Promo for Dear White People: A Critique | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Racist speech is lampooned, sexism gets a pass, in "Racism Insurance" spot
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A humorous way to explore White privilege in the classroom (and for White instructors, reminders of the need for frequent self-examination). As this critic points out, however, the sexism in the last video should be called out and rejected.

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First Day of Class Activity: The Interest Inventory

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When creating your interest inventory, you need to consider what you need to know about your students in order to effectively teach them.


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Developing a Teaching Persona

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Do new teachers have to stumble into a teaching persona or style that works for them, for their students, and with their content by trial and error?
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Ending at the Start

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Three reasons to conclude your course by asking students to think about next semester’s version of the class.
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Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and tools for developing learning objectives

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and tools for developing learning objectives | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
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From Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning -- Excellent tools for developing clear and measurable learning objectives. 

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Riding Out Rejection | The Scientist Magazine®

Riding Out Rejection | The Scientist Magazine® | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
How to navigate the choppy waters of scientific publication
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Essay on the importance of sharing work and facing rejection to advance a scholarly career @insidehighered

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Five Ways to Say No Gracefully

Five Ways to Say No Gracefully | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
When yes is overused it takes what should be a whole-hearted gift and turns it into an anxiety-producing check box. Courtney Martin's argument for saying "no" gracefully and learning to measure life in acts of unhurried love.
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In academia there are always more demands on your time than you can reasonably handle. And if you're untenured you may feel pressure to say yes to everything, but you should resist. Here are some tips for saying "no" gracefully. 

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Effective Ways to Structure Discussion

Effective Ways to Structure Discussion | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
The use of online discussion in both blended and fully online courses has made clear that those exchanges are more productive if they are structured, if there’s a protocol that guides the interaction. This kind of structure is more important in the online environment because those discussions are usually asynchronous and minus all the nonverbal cues that facilitate face-to-face exchanges. But I’m wondering if more structure might benefit our in-class discussions as well.

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Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting

Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Reading students’ comments on official end-of-term evaluations—or worse, online at sites like RateMyProfessors.com—can be depressing, often even demoralizing. So it’s understandable that some faculty look only at the quantitative ratings; others skim the written section; and many others have vowed to never again read the public online comments. It’s simply too painful.

How else might you respond? Here are seven suggestions for soothing the sting from even the most hurtful student comments:
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Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking

Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
Critical thinking. We all endorse it. We all want our students to do it. And we claim to teach it. But do we? Do we even understand and agree what it means to think critically?

According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their ski
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How to Overcome the Fear of ‘Putting Yourself Out There’

How to Overcome the Fear of ‘Putting Yourself Out There’ | Web Resources for New Faculty | Scoop.it
In honor of Arianna Huffington's marvelous book THRIVE, I want to write about a very specific aspect of well-being: freedom from fear of sharing one's ideas.
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Susan Cain, author of "Quiet," makes some very good points about the value of sharing your ideas and work. She also addresses social anxiety -- something that keeps many of us from putting ourselves out there.

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