Tag Archive: communicating with students

Nov 20 2017

SIP 5.10 Universal Design for Learning in STEM

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? While many of us who work and teach in the STEM fields think of our disciplines as “neutral” and empirical, there are lots of ways our teaching strategies can either increase or decrease access to the content. Traditional “weed-out” methods of STEM teaching are designed to push struggling students out …

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Nov 17 2017

SIP 5.9 Debate as Instruction

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Discussions, in either online or face-to-face classes, can sometimes turn into an exchange of opinions without much evidence for support. In addition, a few students can dominate a discussion while other students’ voices fade into the background. Take a SIP of This: Debate as Instruction Creating discussion in the form …

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Nov 14 2017

SIP 5.8 Chunking

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Our working memory can only hold about seven items of information at a time (Miller, 1956). Breaking skills into bite-sized chunks and mastering them one at a time until the learner reaches fluency is a more efficient way of learning. Understanding and retaining complex information or lists of dates, facts …

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Oct 19 2017

SIP 5.4 Email Etiquette

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever gotten an email that made you feel like this: Graphic: This is an image of an email written like a text to an instructor for a course. It has many typos and acronyms in it. There are also word bubble responses showing frustration with emails written …

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Sep 14 2017

SIP #5.2 Meeting Students Where They Are

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? At MSU Denver, we are dedicated to promoting equity for our very diverse student body. There are two facets of equity to consider:  access equity and equity in outcomes. MSU Denver fosters access equity in a variety of manners: we have a modified open enrollment policy, we have a …

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Apr 13 2017

SIP #3.27 What To Do When Students Talk To You About Suicide

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? College can be stressful time for many students. Most students at the college level are in the process of developing careers, relationships, life goals and their own individual identities. Nontraditional students are often juggling family and work demands in addition to their course work. In the college community, about …

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Feb 09 2017

SIP #3.19 Guided Notes

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Lecture is one of the most widely used methods of instruction in the higher education setting.  When lecture is the main mode of instruction, we often wonder just how much students are comprehending and retaining.  As mentioned in last week’s SIP #3.18 How to Teach Note-Taking Skills, it can …

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Feb 02 2017

SIP #3.18 How to Teach Note-Taking Skills

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? How often have you been in the middle of a dynamic lecture or lesson and looked out to see that only a fraction of the class is taking notes? We know that students who take good notes score better on exams, have better comprehension of material, and retain information …

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Dec 08 2016

SIP #3.15 Is it me? Reflecting on our Teaching from a Student Perspective

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? If you are like me, there are usually one or two topics in each class you teach about which students say things like   it’s too hard, it’s too easy, you’re not fair, etc. As the semester draws down, consider  looking inward and reflecting on how well your teaching has …

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Oct 13 2016

SIP #3.8 Challenging Students’ Mental Models: Dealing with “Expectancy Effect”

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever seen students worrying about your class before you even start teaching? Perhaps complaining about the difficulty of the content before they even know what is expected? Have you heard students being defeatist about their own ability level, or believing that that they already know all there …

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