Teaching Strategies

  • Teaching Multi-Section Courses: Advice and Perspectives

    Teaching Multi-Section Courses: Advice and Perspectives

    A professor discusses the challenges of teaching online, coordinating multi-section courses, and provides advice to educators who have similar responsibilities within their departments.

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  • 6 Coaching Techniques to Use in Your Classroom

    6 Coaching Techniques to Use in Your Classroom

    Douglas Petrick, physics teacher and track coach explores the many similarities between coaching and teaching best practices, providing tips you can use in your classroom today.

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  • Coaching and Teaching: An Interview with Doug Petrick: Podcast

    Coaching and Teaching: An Interview with Doug Petrick: Podcast

    Educator Doug Petrick discusses his journey as an educator and track coach, and how he has brought lessons from the classroom to the track and vice versa.

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  • An Instructor’s Guide to Less Panicking and More Planning at Term’s End

    An Instructor’s Guide to Less Panicking and More Planning at Term’s End

    Do you find yourself panicking and scrambling at the end of the term? Learn how one educator eases the stress using five strategies to stay calm, cool, and collected at semester's end.

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  • 4 Strategies for Staying Fresh in the Classroom

    4 Strategies for Staying Fresh in the Classroom

    At the start of the school year, we have the best intentions to incorporate original, exciting twists into our teaching, but then the honeymoon period ends. What's the best way to keep things fresh?

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  • 10 Ways to Grow As an Educator

    10 Ways to Grow As an Educator

    My experience as an educator, paired with discussion with my colleagues, has led to several revelations as to how I can evolve my teaching over time. Below are my top 10.

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  • Write Questions, Right Answers

    Write Questions, Right Answers

    While it's easy to think that good study habits should have been learned earlier in a student’s academic career, taking the time to either teach or reinforce best practices is time well spent.

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  • An Instructor's Quick Guide to a Manageable Classroom Electronics Policy

    An Instructor's Quick Guide to a Manageable Classroom Electronics Policy

    I announced in my first-ever class session that it would be an electronics-free zone. I literally heard a gasp.

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  • How to Foster Student Engagement in Online Courses

    How to Foster Student Engagement in Online Courses

    "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" encourages active learning and student cooperation. Recent research has found that these principles apply to online courses as well.

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  • One Educator's Letter to Students

    One Educator's Letter to Students

    Many times students enter classrooms with the fear their teacher may not be approachable. I want to minimize these worries so you can have a successful semester both academically and internally.

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  • 6 Ways to Encourage Student Persistence

    6 Ways to Encourage Student Persistence

    I teach a tough course. In spite of the difficulties students face, I have failing students who, instead of just giving up and disappearing, want to audit the rest of the class. Here's why.

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  • Help Students Write Better. Now.

    Help Students Write Better. Now.

    My earliest efforts to help students improve their writing bombed. However, I began to see results when I put students in charge of identifying their own mistakes and tracking their own progress.

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  • Mine the Gap: Encouraging Active Learning From Your Students

    Mine the Gap: Encouraging Active Learning From Your Students

    Discover how to introduce active learning into your course and still cover your entire syllabus. We'll show you step-by-step how to introduce active learning into your class.

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  • Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Students

    Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Students

    How can we equip students to regulate their emotions in and out of the classroom? Students who have diminished emotional intelligence can increase their EI through programs designed to their needs.

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  • Building a Culture of Error in the Classroom

    Building a Culture of Error in the Classroom

    Have you ever praised a student for making a mistake in class? Demonstrating that errors are part of the education process is one of the suggested strategies from the book, "Teach Like A Champion."

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  • What Is HyFlex Course Design?

    What Is HyFlex Course Design?

    In the HyFlex course design, students can choose to attend face-to-face, synchronous class sessions or complete course learning activities online without physically attending class. Learn more.

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  • Fostering Discussions in Your Classroom

    Fostering Discussions in Your Classroom

    Want to foster discussion in your classroom? Here are three simple rules, stop answering questions; stop lecturing in class; and, provide meaningful tasks for students to complete in class.

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  • How to Help Struggling Students

    How to Help Struggling Students

    We’ve all encountered hardworking students who, for whatever reason, are not grasping the material. What strategies do you use to identify these students early on, and stop the downward spiral?

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  • Reading Minds: Helping Students Stay on Task

    Reading Minds: Helping Students Stay on Task

    Let's face it; most students don't complete assigned readings. My fundamental belief is that students want to do the work, but then L-I-F-E gets in the way. Offering support can turn things around.

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  • Communicating With Students Without E-mail or Text Messaging

    Communicating With Students Without E-mail or Text Messaging

    How we communicate has evolved since the 80’s and, while it is great to connect easily, it can be difficult to connect effectively. Find out how to stop emailing and start communicating.

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