Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU
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Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU
Teaching and learning tips from the Center for Teaching Excellence at East Tennessee State University
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Setting the Tone

Setting the Tone | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
In her wonderfully insightful book, The Spark of Learning: Energizing the Classroom with the Science of Emotion , Sarah Rose Cavanagh shows how research from the field of affective science can be applied to teaching in higher education. Along the way, she shares a series of tips on keeping students engaged throughout the semester by setting the right tone from the beginning.
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What Successful Students Do

What Successful Students Do | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
How can I do well and get an A in this class? This question is likely on the minds of many students as they begin the semester. Joe Hoyle has a simple and effective tip: Ask the A students how they did it.
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Beginning with the End in Mind

Beginning with the End in Mind | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
A core principle of backward design is to design your course around the outcomes. How will taking your course change what students can know and do? You can invite students to take this perspective as well.
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Making the Most of Office Hours

Making the Most of Office Hours | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
Student-faculty interaction is important both in and out of the classroom. Students who take advantage of office hours reap many benefits beyond improved grades. Caring conversations with faculty helps students persist through difficulties and feel more personally involved in the scholarly conversation and practice of your field.
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Before the Semester Even Begins 

Before the Semester Even Begins  | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
The new year is a time to try new things. Students are refreshed from the break and eager to begin learning again. You can tap into this momentum now. In his popular book Teaching Naked: How Moving…
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Warm up the syllabus

Warm up the syllabus | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
The syllabus is usually the first official document students see about the class. What impression does it give about the teacher and the class? Does it read like a cold legal contract? Is their a way to better engage students with it?
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Starting the Semester

Starting the Semester | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
The beginning of a new semester presents many opportunities to engage and motivate students. Even before the first day of class, teachers can begin to create positive learning environments which help sustain momentum throughout the semester.
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Prepping Your Teaching Toolkit

Prepping Your Teaching Toolkit | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
The new semester is an exciting time. As construction crews renovate campus around us, teachers are busy inside with preparations: Updating the syllabus, planning out class sessions, tweaking what did not work so well last time and imagining how well students will do this time.
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Getting Students to Talk

Getting Students to Talk | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
The first few weeks of the semester are crucial to creating a vibrant class community. Sometimes students need extra encouragement to speak up and actively participate. Pedagogy Unbound has some good suggestions.
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Avatars

Avatars | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
By default, we often design and teach courses for the average student. Though we know every student brings unique characteristics and experiences to the classroom, the instinct is to ignore these differences for the sake of expediency. After all, no one has the time and energy to get to know every student every semester in order tailor the lessons to them, especially in large lecture hall classes. But as Todd Rose points out, if you ignore the actual diversity of students and teach to the hypothetical average, you are literally teaching no one.
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Reciprocal Interview Activity 

Reciprocal Interview Activity  | Tip of the Week from the CTE at ETSU | Scoop.it
The first few class sessions set the tone for the rest of the semester. Starting off on the right foot not only makes for a better learning environment, it can improve student motivation, confidence…
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