Tag Archive: academic supports

Mar 30 2018

SIP 6.10 Proactive Accessibility

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? How do you feel at the beginning of the semester when you know students are going to give you letters asking for accommodations (accessibility letters)? Do you think about what you will have to change on a day-by-day basis or the extra work you will have to do to …

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Mar 09 2018

SIP 6.8 Creating Comfortable Relationships with Blackboard

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Many of us earned our degrees B.G. (Before Google), when computers served the function of word processors rather than a gateway to infinite amounts of information.  Now technology and the internet have opened up new and different ways to teach, including online education.  Higher education and K -12 settings are both seeing a sharp increase in the adoption of online courses.  According to …

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Feb 15 2018

SIP 6.5 Normalizing Asking for Help

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever sat alone in your office during office hours only to have your students tell you in class that they didn’t understand the reading or an assignment? Or perhaps you’ve urged a student to go to the Writing Center for help organizing a draft, only to watch that student …

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Feb 07 2018

SIP 6.4 Productive Failure

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? As educators, we know that college as not just about learning disciplinary content—it is also about the holistic growth that helps to form a mature, well-rounded person. Sometimes the achievement is measured by “successes”—persisting from semester to semester, earning a strong GPA, securing a coveted internship, etc. But sometimes the real lessons are found in a student’s failure.  It is our job …

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Sep 08 2017

SIP #5.1 Re-imagining the First Year of College

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? The classes are chosen, the schedules are printed, and the students show up to your class fresh-faced and ready for their first year at MSU Denver. But just who are these first-year students? Many of them are true first-time-to-college freshmen, part of a class comprised this year of about …

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May 04 2017

SIP #3.30 High-Impact Teaching Practices

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? As faculty, we know about the progression of curriculum in our disciplines, both at the class level (e.g. what we cover in a semester) and at the program level (e.g. the classes a student needs to take, and  the order in which they should be taken). Furthermore, we all …

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Apr 20 2017

SIP #3.28 Strengths of Students with Dyslexia

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever read a student’s in-class writing assignment that looks something like this…? The student who wrote this clearly struggles with spelling and handwriting, and at first glance, it is tempting to assume that this is a poor student. However, it is likely that the student who wrote …

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Mar 19 2017

SIP #3.24 Universal Design for Academic Supports

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Each semester, students arrive in our classes with a wide array of different learning strengths and needs. How do we acknowledge this academic diversity from the outset? What does it mean to be proactive versus reactive about students’ academic and non-academic needs? Take a SIP of This: Universal Design …

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