Two ways I prepare for the beginning of the semester (that I think are important but can be overlooked) are assessing my past year’s course plan and planning an engaging first day activity.
• Assessing my past year’s course plan: Because my institution grants me substantial freedom in the content I teach, I spend a great deal of time revie…[Read more]
Some of my personal priorities for creating/using rubrics include:
– Making sure I review the rubric during class and that students have a copy of it at the time I assign the paper/project
– Providing clear descriptions of what constitutes each level and a clear picture of how each is distinct from the others (e.g., why a component would be…[Read more]
NJ Professor replied to the topic What teaching and learning techniques have you tried in your classroom lately? in the forum Teaching and Learning 5 years, 1 month ago
Brainstorming or having students work through any problem or question in groups has been particularly effective. I’ve found that keeping groups to 2 or 3 students is helpful in engaging quieter or more hesitant students who don’t feel comfortable sharing in front of the class.
I am also a huge fan of the Fishbowl. I’ve been using the Fishbowl for…[Read more]
NJ Professor replied to the topic Feedback 5: What are your guidelines for giving feedback to students? in the forum Teaching and Learning 5 years, 1 month ago
I agree with you, Jamie, that Howell’s suggestion to provide instructive feedback is particularly important, because it shows that the purpose of feedback is not solely to “identify a problem” but rather to guide students in improving their work for subsequent submissions. This is a critical part of the learning experience.
For me, the discussion…[Read more]