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Joe Murphy

Student Preparedness Incorporated into the Course Design - 1 views

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    Lynn Gillette uses a definitional grading system to prioritize meaningful preparation for class. His Class Preparation Assignments (don't call them homework!) help students learn to read disciplinary material, serve as a structure for better note taking, and allow for more discussion and active learning in his classes.
Joe Murphy

Helping Quiet Students Find Their Voices - 2 views

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    This professor uses an online forum to give students who are uncomfortable speaking in class a space where they can contribute their thoughts. Students report that it's useful and the professor reports that all students who used the forum did eventually speak in class. (It occurs to me that Moodle's "anonymous" and group-based forum options might help mitigate some of the social pressures.)
Joe Murphy

Positive Reinforcement - 1 views

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    "When the same source always sends bad news, or phrases messages only in the imperative case, it becomes tempting to tune it out." How do your course or departmental emails measure against that standard?
Joe Murphy

"Everybody with Me?" and Other Not-so-useful Questions - 1 views

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    I've noticed this as a weak spot in my own workshops. Small assessment exercises can give a lot more clarity than a roomful of blank stares (or worse, one right answer).
Joe Murphy

The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy - 2 views

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    Good models from James Lang for ways to talk about productive and distracting uses of computers and cell phones in the classroom.
Joe Murphy

Finding Inspiration Somewhere Besides in Best Practices - Teaching in Higher Ed - 0 views

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    I think dismissing "best practices" entirely is a bit extreme, but there are some good points about reflecting and adapting if a "best practice" isn't producing the outcome you want. What's really great in this article, though, is the way Bonnie Stachowiak talks about drawing inspiration from high profile exemplars for practices when can be authentic to her style.
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).
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.
Joe Murphy

Professors shouldn't disparage students in articles - 1 views

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    This is tricky for the CIP - at the same time that faculty need a space to wrestle with sensitive topics (and even vent occasionally), students can add to and benefit from our conversations about teaching and learning.
Joe Murphy

What Happens in a Course is a Shared Responsibility - 0 views

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    We include a question about what the student could do to improve their learning in a course in our mid-semester GIFT sessions, but there are more explicit ways to think about how classes function as communities of discourse.
Alex Alderman

New Advice on Navigating Politics in the Classroom - 0 views

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    The AAUP has published some guidelines for understanding what is and is not protected classroom speech when addressing political issues and student comments.
Alex Alderman

Research documents life impact of attending a liberal arts college - 0 views

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    Richard Detweiler's study correlates students' classroom experiences with their lifelong achievement of mission goals of liberal arts colleges.
Joe Murphy

DIY Syllabus: How to Move Beyond the Transactional - 0 views

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    "By carefully considering what our syllabi are for, what they should include, and - most essentially - what they really communicate to our students, we can create a document that does a significant amount of heavy lifting for us. That document articulates a set of promises about what the course can do for students when they accept our invitation and take ownership of their learning in this collective enterprise."
Joe Murphy

Sermons For Grumpy Campers - 0 views

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    There's a basic point here that it's useful to have a set of quick prepared remarks to encourage students to buy in to a new teaching approach. And perhaps some of Dr. Felder's specific language might be useful to you.
Joe Murphy

The invitation - 0 views

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    Terrific way to frame technology use and non-use in the classroom. "Instead of imposing restrictions about what they can't use, invite them to have an experience that can't be had through the use of technology." Also a very good rundown of other writing about the pros and cons.
Joe Murphy

A Failure of Empathy - 1 views

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    A beautiful and brave story from John Warner about the need for empathy in teaching.
Joe Murphy

Warning! This Episode May Trigger Debate - 1 views

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    NPR's Code Switch podcast covered a survey of over 800 faculty members regarding the use of trigger warnings, and then interviewed 2 faculty members in depth about their experiences preparing students for the hard work of engaging emotionally and socially difficult subject matter.
Joe Murphy

Confessions of a 'Formerly Young' Professor - 0 views

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    How do your approaches to teaching and learning shift along with your life stage?
Joe Murphy

Building Community With Attendance Questions - 0 views

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    What if you asked students to answer an open-ended question as a way of taking attendance? "When we trace back the meaning of attend through Old French (atendre) to its Latin root (attendere), we can see that when we attend, we are "stretching our mind toward" something. The attendance question gets students to pay attention through inviting them to stretch their minds toward a question which has no right answer."
Joe Murphy

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - 0 views

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    Good list of formal practices for classroom discussion which can get students more organized and more broadly participating in class. I was particularly taken with the URL for this page, which calls them "speaking-listening techniques".
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