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Joe Murphy

Tread Carefully with the Socratic Method - 2 views

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    Transparency about your teaching methods may be particularly important when using the Socratic method (or the "semi-Socratic" devil's advocate approach).
Joe Murphy

Why Teachers Are So Tired - 0 views

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    Are you getting enough rest this summer? Are there decisions and worries you can deal with now so they don't wear you out next fall?
Joe Murphy

How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea - 1 views

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    Terrific example of how research-based teaching practices can be given useful context with a theory of learning.
Alex Alderman

As Summer Sets In, a Chance to Regard the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Student Evaluations - 0 views

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    An overview of course evaluations, from the sadly ignorant to the painfully accurate, with some consideration on how to improve student responses and make better use of them.
Joe Murphy

Hearing the student voice: finding value in feedback - 0 views

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    "The value in feedback from students lies in considering the centrality of experience." The author applies John Locke's concept of "primary" (i.e. objective) and "secondary" (i.e. subjective) qualities to course evaluations.
Alex Alderman

Teams: Lessons Learned - 0 views

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    Nine takeaways from a course built around an intensive team project. One of note: students need to understand that they will not work in a group they way they do on their own, and they need to embrace it.
Alex Alderman

Do Your Students Learn by Rote? Or Can They Recognize Patterns? - 0 views

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    This interview examines ongoing research on distinguishing between different kinds of learning behaviors in students with an eye to getting them the practice they need to recognize concepts in application.
Joe Murphy

'Goodbyes' In Education - 0 views

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    "If you think about the way our educational system is set up, it's this constant cycle of goodbyes." Ed Burger and Jennifer Stayton discuss endings and beginnings, as we pass the end of the academic year and approach graduation.
Joe Murphy

Simulations - bringing real world contexts into the classroom - 0 views

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    What happens when you move a simulated class activity into a more detailed simulation of a real-world situation? The linked guide to good practices for running simulations looks very useful for navigating that change.
Alex Alderman

Students' Best Tech Resource: The Teacher - 0 views

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    The author outlines modeling, collaboration, and reflection strategies for integrating a new technology resource into an existing course.
Joe Murphy

Teaching Perspectives Inventory - 0 views

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    Interesting online tool for examining your perspectives on teaching (broken down into beliefs, intentions, and actions). The guidance to have a specific type of course or student in mind seems powerful; are you a different teacher for majors and non-majors, first-years and seniors?
Alex Alderman

Moving Students Away From Their Phones - 0 views

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    Taking a cue from James Lang's Small Teaching, John Warner uses the minutes before class to establish a classroom environment that invites student participation.
Alex Alderman

How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps - 0 views

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    The article describes strategies for putting together spontaneous, faculty-led "unconferences" at three different scales and a selection of positive and negative experiences of such events.
Joe Murphy

Was Yoda a Good Teacher? - 1 views

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    May the Fourth be with you! (I've seen iterations of this idea before, but not one with a conclusion as good as in this essay.)
Alex Alderman

Why A Face-to-Face Campus Culture Benefits From Internal Web Meetings | Technology and ... - 0 views

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    Joshua Kim outlines some benefits of fast and loose teleconferences for residential colleges. Once faculty are familiar with the platform, they can use short meetings to touch base with a number of colleagues while avoiding many of the inconveniences of regularly scheduled meetings.
Joe Murphy

A Memo to Students about Studying for Finals - 0 views

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    Might be a good template for communicating with your students about preparing for the end of the year.
Alex Alderman

How professors can improve the engagement of students in the classroom (essay) - 0 views

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    An English professor presents three activities designed from a strategy of disruptive pedagogy. In order to break students out of their accustomed digital isolation, the professor introduces elements of social discomfort into the classroom. In extreme cases, he surprises students with pizza to keep them on their toes.
Joe Murphy

What Can We Learn from End-of-Course Evaluations? - 1 views

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    As you think about adding your course-specific questions to the college evaluation form, what feedback will be most useful to you? (The start-stop-continue framework referenced in this article sounds promising.)
Alex Alderman

Redefining Failure - 0 views

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    Some strategies for creating a space for failure in the classroom to encourage students to learn better on their own.
Alex Alderman

Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems - 0 views

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    A broad ranging survey of best practices, unlikely successes, and unacknowledged challenges in the critique of student work that stresses the importance of authentic communication that directs both the students and the instructors themselves on how to improve their work.
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