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First Day of Class Activity

By Jennifer Garrett and Mary Clement, EdD The interest inventory is a simple tool to help you acquaint yourself with your students. Unlike the typical icebreaker, the interest inventory is a paper-based activity and students do not have to give … Continue reading

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Fostering Student Learning through the Use of Debates

By Laura Trujillo-Jenks, PhD, and Lisa Rosen, PhD There are many ways to get students engaged in a classroom, but when topics are controversial or taboo, students may shy away from sharing their thoughts on the subject. In contrast, some … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Helping to Manage Student Expectations

August 20, 2014 By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog Most students begin college, the academic year, and new courses motivated and optimistic. Many first-year students expect to do well because they were successful in high school. Some are … Continue reading

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Experts debate the value of final exams

The all-night cram session before a final exam has long been a rite of passage for many college and university students, but it could soon be a thing of the past. A growing number of educators are pushing for final … Continue reading

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Keeping Introverts in Mind in Your Active Learning Classroom

October 28, 2013 By: Nicki Monahan in Teaching and Learning Introverts. Who are they and how do we ensure they thrive in active learning classrooms? If you have ever come to the midterm point of the semester and graded a … Continue reading

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Helping Students Learn to be Professional

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD “My students act so unprofessional,” a faculty member complained. “Two of them were all but making out before class started and they never stopped touching each other during class.” Heads nodded and more examples followed. Being … Continue reading

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Better Group Work Experiences Begin with How the Groups Are Formed

July 31, 2013 By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog Like many matters regarding teaching and learning, there isn’t one best way to put students into groups. The best way is related to what you want students to learn … Continue reading

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Five Things Students Can Learn through Group Work

By: Maryellen Weimer I often get questions about group work. Recently, the question was phrased like this: “Can students learn anything in groups?” And, like faculty sometimes do, this questioner proceeded with the answer. “I don’t think my students can. … Continue reading

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Faculty Focus

Teaching Mistakes from the College Classroom Do you ever think back on some of the teaching techniques you used when you were a new faculty member and just shake your head? To be sure, we all do things differently now … Continue reading

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Cell Phones in the Classroom: What’s Your Policy?

By Sydney Fulbright, PhD Are we old fuddy-duddies when we ask (demand) students to put away their cell phones in the classroom or clinical areas? Students tell me this is just the way it is now, but I disagree. I … Continue reading

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