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Why do we have to do this?

Transparency in teaching?  Being obvious in why we ask students to do what we ask them to?  A good idea..see http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/mama_phd/mothering_at_mid_career_transparent_teaching

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Convincing students

How might one convince students that active learning is going to help them learn?  What rationale can professors provide to convince students to buy into active learning strategies and to reach for deeper learning?  Recently an article was mentioned that addressed this topic well, I believe. Gary Smith, in a 2008 article on the National Teaching & Learning Forum, presented some ideas about some questions to ask students on

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First day of classes

What you do on the first day of classes sets the tone for the rest of the semester. If you hand out the syllabus and hold up the book and then let them go early, what does that say about the importance of class time? If you read the syllabus to them, do they “hear” that it isn’t important to read for themselves? If you ask them to do

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Preparing to teach

An interesting article on Inside Higher Education yesterday with some poignant quotes… From  Fradella, H. F. (August 24, 2010).  Fixing higher ed.  Inside Higher Ed, Retrieved August 24, 2010 from http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/08/24/fradella. “First, no one should be able to earn a Ph.D. and secure a faculty position in an institution of higher education who has not taken graduate-level courses that prepare them to teach effectively at the college level. Graduate

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It’s the first day of classes…

How can assignments be used as teaching tools to help student learn instead of some “final” assessment of how they are doing?

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