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What Do Students Want in a Teacher?

Interesting article on what students see as the most important characteristics of faculty….  See http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/what-students-want-characteristics-of-effective-teachers-from-the-students-perspective/?c=FF2  The full paper is online at http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/Resource_library/handouts/28251_10H.pdf (Student Perceptions of Effective Teaching in Higher Education).  Number one on the list?  Respect! And read the full report to see what students mean by that term…..

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The First Day of Classes: The Easiest Day of the Semester (? – NOT!)

What should you do as faculty on the first day of classes?  Does it matter?  Research says that it does.  Here are some hints on what to do… Introduce yourself to the students.  Be sure to let the students know what you want them to call you – Dr.?  Professor?  First name?  Tell the students a little about yourself, in particular how your passion for your discipline was started. 

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Getting ready for fall semester….

In the frenzy of preparing for a new fall semester, I came across this article/blog about the idea that students feel entitled.  While I don’t actually agree with all of this guy’s statements (read the comments!), I do think that we are missing the mark.  We need to figure out how to help students see the student-faculty relationship as more akin to a doctor/patient relationship.  A relationship that has

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Advice for online learners (how to be successful)

A list of hints for online learners… http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology_and_learning/your_advice_for_online_learners

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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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