February 2016 archive

SIP #2.20 Teaching Writing When You Are Not a Writing Teacher

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Regardless of the subject you teach, there may be times when you assign students to write, either as a way to help them learn or as a way for you to evaluate their learning. You may feel like you are in over your head if you aren’t a writing …

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SIP #2.19 Civic Engaged Service Learning

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? “Will this be on the test?” How many of us groan (sometimes audibly) when we hear that question?  It clearly indicates that the student has been taught to jump through the hoops, but that he or she does not see the big picture.  We want students to care about …

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SIP #2.18 Integrated Attendance and Participation Policies

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Since time immemorial, instructors have battled to get students to come to class and participate. Responses to the attendance conundrum have ranged from positive reinforcement (assigning points for coming and/or participating) to the punitive (taking away points for missing). How can we best encourage fruitful attendance and participation in …

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SIP #2.17 Gallery Walks for Structured Small Group Discussions

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever planned a class discussion only to find just a few students participating? Small, structured group discussions often work much better than whole class discussions. But, how can you provide this structure in a way that gets every student actively involved? Take a SIP of this: Gallery Walks …

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