Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

Creating a sense of belonging in your classroom (Teaching Tip)

Can you think of a recent time when you felt like you truly belonged? That your presence was necessary and that you felt seen, valued, and appreciated? A sense of belonging is a universal characteristic and a basic human need (Maslow, 1962). In his terrific book College student’s sense of belonging: A key to educational … Continue reading Creating a sense of belonging in your classroom (Teaching Tip)

An opportunity to give thanks (Teaching Tip)

Showing thanks through the lesson of grace in teaching Recently, a colleague shared, “The lesson of grace in teaching: From weakness to wholeness, the struggle and the hope” blog post with me. This inspiring talk was written by Francis Edward Su (Professor, Harvey Mudd College) upon receipt of the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and … Continue reading An opportunity to give thanks (Teaching Tip)

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How do you stay engaged when teaching? (CELT Teaching Tip)

For new instructors, a teaching challenge can be learning the content, the pacing, and anticipating student questions. For more seasoned instructors, how do you stay engaged and revived when teaching material (for what feels like the 100th time)? In every subject, there are new findings, new perspectives, and new research that can help enliven your … Continue reading How do you stay engaged when teaching? (CELT Teaching Tip)

5 ideas to change the refrain of “I hate group work” to “what great group experiences!”

Many of us have heard student feedback about the utter disdain for group work. However, we know from the teaching and learning literature that groups, indeed diverse groups, contribute more innovative ideas than individuals working alone. So why is group work so disparaged? A part of it may be the design of the group work. … Continue reading 5 ideas to change the refrain of “I hate group work” to “what great group experiences!”

Midterms: A valuable time for formative assessment (Teaching Tip)

The midpoint of the semester is an important opportunity for your students to examine their progress in a course. As an instructor, you can help students become aware of their standing through the midterm grade submission. Midterm grades are due on Friday, October 18 by 2:15 p.m., and are submitted electronically via Canvas or AccessPlus. … Continue reading Midterms: A valuable time for formative assessment (Teaching Tip)

Looking for Community? Consider joining a CELT Teaching & Learning Community! (CELT Teaching Tip)

A Teaching and Learning Community (TLC) is a cross-disciplinary faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs group of 8 to 12 members engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, community building, and opportunities for scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). CELT has the following topic-based learning communities: … Continue reading Looking for Community? Consider joining a CELT Teaching & Learning Community! (CELT Teaching Tip)

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Helping your students build connections (Teaching Tip)

What are your students’ passions, and how do they relate to the topic that you teach? “Build Connections” is an activity that you can use after covering the first major topic of your course. Developed at the University of Virginia, the exercise helps students see how what they are learning is related to something that … Continue reading Helping your students build connections (Teaching Tip)