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Teaching Tip: Reflective Listening
Insist upon critical thinking by probing deeper into a student's responses. This video shows one teacher helping her students learn this powerful engagement strategy to become counselors.
Teaching Tip: Reflection Notebooks and "Stickies"
Commenting upon students' writing is important, and this teacher has found a way to enrich those written conversations by making them self-referential.
Teaching Tip: Low-Stakes Assessments Early and Often
Challenging our own assumptions about our students can help us better meet them where they are and give us the feedback we need to prevent frustration.
Teaching Tip: Choosing or Writing Good Cases
Practical design suggestions for what to include in your case and how to structure it.
Teaching Tip: Discussion Papers
Two ways to address the age-old frustration of students not having read before coming to class.
Teaching Tip: Moving among Evidence-Based Approaches
Critical thinkers adjust their approach as the nature of the problem is revealed. Teaching students to "switch gears" can help them generate increasingly effective solutions.
Teaching Tip: Generating Many Solutions
Students can assume all problems have one "right" answer. This teacher confronts his students with the reality of their own divergent thinking, and only then asks them to synthesize a "best" answer.
Teaching Tip: Using "Clickers" for Large-Class Discussion
How one teacher uses an increasingly popular technology to get feedback on student understanding and stimulate critical discussion.
Teaching Tip: Informal Writing to Stimulate Critical Discussion
Brief moments of low-stakes writing in class can lead students from their own concrete observations into conceptual course material.
Teaching Tip: Setting a Tone for Engaged Discussion
You do not have much time to set students' expectations for engagement. Three teachers share how they do it.
Teaching Tip: Minimal Marking: A Sane Method for Dealing with Errors
Sequencing the kinds of feedback you give to students on their writing can keep you sane and teach them to better proof their own material in the future.
Teaching Tip: Recording Feedback as an Audio File
Retiring the red pen: technology has enabled us to give students more socially-engaged feedback on their writing.
Teaching Tip: Generating Your Own Case-Based Ethical Dilemmas
Ethical dilemmas provide rich insights into any field. Here are some ways to think about and places to look for dilemmas in your field.
Teaching Tip: Potential Portfolio Contents
Never taught with learning portfolios before? Here are some things you can include in them.
Teaching Tip: Evaluating the Portfolio
It is best to decide from the outset how you will evaluate student learning portfolios. Here are a few ways to do that.
Teaching Tip: Learning Contracts
Letting students choose how they will pursue course material can motivate them. Learning contracts clarify and document from the outset what that pursuit will look like.
Teaching Tip: Creating a Course Conducive to Synthesis
How one teacher gets his students comfortable with ideas, mixing ideas, and creating new ideas.
Teaching Tip: Sequencing the Semester for First-Year Students
This teacher organizes her course into three sections, which build into critical intellectual exchange among students.
Teaching Tip: Replicating the Scientific Publishing Process in Class
Help students learn the scientific review process by living it themselves.
Teaching Tip: Helping Students Contextualize their Opinions
Opening students' eyes to many perspectives on an emotional issue can be tricky. Here's how one teacher does it.
Teaching Tip: Drawing Students into an Ethical Case
Ethical discussions are difficult, but this teacher taps into an acute sensibility that students already possess.
Teaching Tip: Finding Good Cases in Popular Entertainment
Concrete examples can require detailed, backstory explanation. Here's where one teacher found ready-made cases his students already know.
Teaching Tip: How I Choose and Use Good Cases
A case study in the use of case studies: How one teacher chooses cases for his students to analyze, evaluate, and integrate.
Teaching Tip: Coaching Students how to Study
A few minutes telling your students how to study in science can make a world of difference. Here's what you can tell them.
Teaching Tip: Helping Students Think like your Field
How students think about "learning" when they arrive on campus, and what you can do in the classroom to help them think like a junior colleague.
Teaching Tip: Getting Students who Take Excellent Notes
Not all students arrive on campus knowing how to take effective class notes. A simple note-taking method can serve your students in many ways: for use as in-class notes, review, and high-quality exam preparation.
Teaching Tip: Cause and Effect from a First-Person Perspective
Cause-and-effect thinking can be stimulated by this unique writing assignment and peer evaluation process.
Teaching Tip: Turning Causal Conclusions around
Develop students' intellectual flexibility by having them build cases for a cause-effect hypothesis, then have them probe other hypotheses and the weaknesses of their own arguments.
Teaching Tip: Stimulating Critical Thinking with "Think Sheets"
Engage students in class readings with these brief writing assignments that demand divergent thinking.
Teaching Tip: Modeling Flexibility of Thought for your Students
How two teachers build flexibility into their own classroom behavior and syllabus, allowing for thinking-on-the-fly and instructionally relevant tangents.
Teaching Tip: How I Have Learned Portfolios Work Best
From experience, this teacher has learned a valuable lesson about what kinds of autonomy students should be given and what kinds they should not.
Teaching Tip: The Importance of Personalizing Critical Thinking
Inspire independent thought by connecting characteristics of historical thinkers to students' own lives.