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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".
Joe Murphy

How We Pronounce Student Names, and Why it Matters - 0 views

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    As we prepare to welcome new colleagues and students, remember that even the simple gesture of showing that you're working hard to learn a person's preferred name makes a big difference.
Joe Murphy

To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions - 0 views

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    We spend a lot of time thinking about how to make course material "interesting" - what if we spent some of that time looking for ways to make it "affective"?
Joe Murphy

Gone Fishin': How Bass Fishing Helped My Classroom Approach - 1 views

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    "Both fishing and teaching are unsolvable puzzles." Are there lessons you can bring to teaching from your hobbies?
Joe Murphy

Introversion and Class Participation: Let's Talk About It - 0 views

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    Some interesting thoughts here about the differences between "shyness" and "introversion", and the way your classroom participation practices can help or hinder students. Also an interesting reflection on participation in the scholarship of teaching and learning, as the author deals with resistance to her original article.
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