Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

The 10,000-hour rule applied to improving your teaching (Teaching Tip)

In his popular book Outliers , Malcom Gladwell wrote about the average number of hours one needs to become an expert in their field. The 10,000-hour rule of “achievement [equals] talent plus preparation” has entered the popular lexicon as the key to success in a field. While there are certain arenas in which you can … Continue reading The 10,000-hour rule applied to improving your teaching (Teaching Tip)

Seven fun ways to assess student learning (Teaching Tip)

Cognitive psychologists have long stated that testing can enhance memory. CELT SoTL Scholar Jason Chan, an Associate Professor in Psychology, has found in his research with graduate students that testing one’s memory not only enhances retention of materials learned previously, it also boosts learning of materials that will appear later. Read the “Asking questions, testing … Continue reading Seven fun ways to assess student learning (Teaching Tip)

Three tips for teaching with open educational resources (Teaching Tip)

Over the past year, there have been many conversations on campus about the use of open educational resources (OER) in the classroom. OER are teaching materials that are free to access and available under an open copyright license (e.g., Creative Commons website). An OER can be as large as a course (textbook, quizzes, and all) … Continue reading Three tips for teaching with open educational resources (Teaching Tip)

Classes cancelled due to the Polar Vortex? Ideas of what to do next (Teaching Tip)

Has one or more of your classes been impacted by Iowa State University’s recent closures due to weather? Here are some ideas to help you navigate the missed class days. Weather (and other emergencies) that cause class cancellations can impact your plan for the whole semester. When this happens, consider these suggestions to account for … Continue reading Classes cancelled due to the Polar Vortex? Ideas of what to do next (Teaching Tip)

A guide on the side or a sage on the stage? (Teaching Tip)

This past week I was working with my elementary age twins on word ladders. In word ladders, clues are provided for children to rearrange letters to make a new word from the one they have just made. For example, from the word “bring,” the clue was: “I did not hear the bell ____. Take away one letter.”

Five things to know before 2019 (Teaching Tip)

Doesn’t everyone appreciate a good checklist? We think so. Naomi Houston’s ProfHacker web post stated, “When properly conceived and used, a checklist ensures communication and confirmation among members of a team and catches errors.” Our checklists can help make your beginning and ending semester routines go more smoothly. Plus, completing checklists not only helps accomplish … Continue reading Five things to know before 2019 (Teaching Tip)

Five things students wish happened in their Canvas courses (Teaching Tip)

The end of fall semester marks the one-year anniversary as Canvas as ISU’s learning management system. In a recent ISU Daily, the editorial board published the article “A year after switch to Canvas, professors need to use site more frequently” and noted, “Canvas is a great tool. It’s easy to learn and its widespread use … Continue reading Five things students wish happened in their Canvas courses (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)

SoTL at ISU: Improving your classroom through scholarly inquiry

The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves faculty framing and systematically investigating questions related to student learning, with the goal of improving their own classroom, as well as advancing practice beyond it. SoTL ultimately improves student learning by means of scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning processes that also includes sharing results so others … Continue reading SoTL at ISU: Improving your classroom through scholarly inquiry