Category: Teaching Tip

Quick and short tips on teaching practices.

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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)

Almost at the finish line (Teaching Tip)

Over a decade ago, I participated in my first marathon. Despite being exhausted, the last two miles were my two best miles because the end was in sight. I knew that I would accomplish the goal that I had spent months preparing for. We are mere weeks away from the end of the semester. What could you do in the next class session to help your students and yourself see the finish line?

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.”