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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Joe Murphy

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How Should I Study for the Exam? - 0 views

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    There's a survey instrument attached which you can use to have students reflect and report on how they study for exams. They can then ask themselves if their approach is working - or you could tally the data and tell them which approaches are being used by the students getting the best grades.
Joe Murphy

Community Days of Learning: Building Capacity for Challenging Conversations - 0 views

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    Bryn Mawr hosts an annual "Community Day of Learning", with programming determined in a highly democratic manner across all areas of the college, to discuss issues of equity and inclusion.
Joe Murphy

A Class Visit Model - 1 views

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    "Class visitation ... is intended to foster conversations among faculty that will lead to a deeper understanding of classroom dynamics and improved student learning." A good essay by Rick Holmgren at Allegheny College about why observing other people's classes is a good habit to develop, and some suggested techniques from getting the most out of the visit.
Joe Murphy

How to effectively co-teach with another academic - 1 views

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    4 great questions to ask when you consider team-teaching a course, with 4 great lessons drawn from the authors' experience.
Joe Murphy

The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about hatred in America. ... - 1 views

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    Lots of good collections of resources for teachers considering how to address Charlottesville with their classes.
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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.
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Digital literacy mistakes and how to overcome them - 0 views

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    Six experts in the area of "digital literacy" talk about their approaches to the topic. Interesting common themes and maybe more interesting contradictions among the interviewees' answers!
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.
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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?
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.)
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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.
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.)
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Why We Need to See Each Other Teach - 0 views

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    "though we work together, we usually follow parallel, rather than intersecting lines. We rarely ever actually see each other teach. And it's a shame, because every time I've observed a colleague, my admiration for them has grown, and each time, I felt a little closer to them."
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Digital Literacy - Then and Now - 0 views

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    Terrific podcast interview with Bryan Alexander, looking largely at digital literacies and students as creators. Bryan will give a workshop on digital storytelling at Kenyon this summer; contact Joe Murphy for details.
Joe Murphy

Free Expression, Liberal Education, and Inclusive Excellence - 0 views

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    Complex and wide-ranging statement from the AAC&U about the relationships between academic freedom, free expression, liberal education, and the search for truth.
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