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Alex Alderman

Note-taking: A Research Roundup | Cult of Pedagogy - 0 views

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    Cult of Pedagogy editor-in-chief Jennifer Gonzalez reviews research on note taking from the past three decades and revises her own principles for how to help students organize and recall what they are learning.
Alex Alderman

Hack Grading | GradHacker - 1 views

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    Some tips on using new technologies to give meaningful feedback on writing assignments while completing the work in a reasonable time frame.
Ashley Butler

Tips, Tricks and Tools to Build Your Inclusive Classroom Through UDL - 0 views

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    Great introduction to the guiding principles of Universal Design for Learning, as well as no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech tips for providing learners with multiple means of engagement so that we can make sure every learner has the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and use their unique strengths to be successful.
Joe Murphy

Does Music Help You Study? - 1 views

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    Fascinating set of articles addressing the ways background music impacts memory, attention, mood, and task performance. (Really short version: quiet is usually better, but not for all tasks, and I'm interested in the ways improved mood and sense of control over the environment might counterbalance other distractors.)
Alex Alderman

What Students See in Rubrics - 0 views

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    This article touches on some of the concerns about rubrics I often hear from faculty, especially that rubrics cause students to "write to the rubric". The author suggests making rubrics focused on generally beneficial writing habits. Another issue mentioned is the variance of rubrics between faculty, but that seems healthy given that writing assignments are also thinking assignments, and patterns of thinking may vary significantly from course to course.
Joe Murphy

How to do Grading With Words: Weekly Writing Assignments and Descriptive Rubrics (Part 1) - 0 views

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    "After all of the time I spent convincing students that these assignments were no big thing, I was sending the opposite message since clearly my grading problem was a real big thing." T.L. Cowan talks about designing a rubric for "low-stakes" writing assignments which motivates students and preserves her expressive style.
Alex Alderman

How to use the first days of class to establish ways to assess students' performance in... - 1 views

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    The syllabus and the first days of class can help set up the classroom dynamic for the entire semester. Here are the strategies one professor uses to set up expectations for her courses, including rules for class discussion.
Joe Murphy

Visualizing "Wicked Problems" by Using DebateGraph and Dialogue Mapping - 1 views

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    At the GLCA/GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning Katy Crossley-Frolick at Denison University discusses her use of a dialogue mapping tool to help students unpack complex concepts.
Joe Murphy

"Active Learning" Has Become a Buzzword (and Why That Matters) - 1 views

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    "For years, the term has filled a gap for us. It has functioned rhetorically as a way to contrast evidence-based teaching practices (a much better term, by the way) with more traditional methodologies, but ultimately the wide-ranging utility of this classification is also its drawback."
Joe Murphy

Let 'em Write - 0 views

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    "One of my biggest regrets as a teacher of writing is that for many years, I didn't make students write enough." John Warner argues for changes in course designs to give students a lot more practice with shorter writing formats.
Joe Murphy

Develop Intercultural Competence to Foster International Student Success - 1 views

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    Interesting list of starting points for considering our own intercultural competence and developing strategies for creating effective multinational classrooms.
Alex Alderman

Six Strategies to Help Introverts Thrive at School and Feel Understood - 1 views

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    This article suggests some classroom assessment techniques and discussion strategies to get the most out of the introverts in your class. The CIP can consult with faculty about other techniques to suit the variety of students that you encounter.
Alex Alderman

How One Email From You Could Help Students Succeed - 0 views

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    This week, we read the last chapters in Small Teaching, which focus on the emotional dimension of student experience. Here is one suggestion from an immunology professor on making personal connections with students as a way to improve their performance in your course.
Alex Alderman

The Problems of Real-Time Feedback in Teaching Writing | Just Visiting - 0 views

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    This week in our Small Teaching book club, we were discussing the value of monitored practice versus the stress that public feedback can generate in classrooms. Here, John Warner makes some observations about private and monitored practice and suggests that real time feedback is best suited to honing discrete skills
Joe Murphy

How to deal with microaggressions in class - 0 views

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    Tips for setting an inclusive class environment from day one, using microaffirmations to counter microinequalities, and how to address microaggressions in the moment.
Joe Murphy

Writing a Book or Article? Now's the Time to Create Your 'Author Platform' - 1 views

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    An "author platform" is "an ability to sell books because of who you are and who you can reach." In other words, it's part of considering your audience when you write - including considering how your ideal audience will find you.
Joe Murphy

Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too - 1 views

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    Not making the progress you wanted on your summer projects? Blame the weather. (Or better still, account for it.)
Joe Murphy

Scared Of Math? Here's One Way To Fight The Fear - 1 views

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    Maybe naming where math aversion started can help turn it around.
Joe Murphy

Helping Students Get Into The Right Mood For Learning - 1 views

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    Do you contact your students before the semester starts?
Joe Murphy

Optimizing Your Learning Schedule - 1 views

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    Interesting implications here for how we schedule review sessions and talk to students about studying. (And probably for our own practices around conferences and research and committee/department meetings...)
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