Tag Archive: student engagement

May 03 2018

SIP 6.15 Skills-based Syllabi

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Regardless of the topic or level of the course—intro-level general studies or upper-division requirement for the major—we have all heard our students ask, “Why do I have to take this class?” While this is a genuinely annoying question, the “translation” might inspire a bit of empathy: when students ask …

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Apr 26 2018

SIP 6.14 Exemplars

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? At this time in the semester students are often in a panic about what exactly professors want for an assignment, even though there are directions. Students know from prior experience that every professor has a few idiosyncrasies and preferences, which means directions can be open to some interpretation. Rather …

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Apr 12 2018

SIP 6.12 The Difference Between “Methodological Variety” and “Universal Design for Learning”

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Two professors were overheard chatting about their classes:  Professor A:  This semester I am really doing a lot in my classes! Over the course of the semester, all of my students do paired work, group presentations, individual projects, and other fun activities in and out of class.  Professor B:  Cool! This semester, I am using …

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Mar 16 2018

SIP 6.9 Specifications Grading

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice?               It is 9pm on a Sunday night. You spent much of yesterday and most of today grading and you still aren’t done. You try to provide such thoughtful feedback to your students, but you can’t be sure that they read it. You …

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Mar 01 2018

SIP 6.7 Creating “True” Breaks — Not Assigning Work Over Break

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever noticed that the energy in the classroom after Spring Break can be a little . . . subdued? If you are like many academics, you work through Spring Break and expect your students to use the time to get caught up on reading and assignments. You might have …

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Feb 26 2018

SIP 6.6 The Class Notetaker

Dear Readers, In January, the SIPsquad celebrated three full years of bringing Strong Instructional Practices to the MSU Denver community! As a special treat, we wanted to take you back to where it all began: SIP 1.1, The Class Notetaker. This SIP and all past SIPs can be found on our website, The Well. Take a …

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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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Jan 29 2018

SIP 6.2 Teaching Military Veterans

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? They look like their peers. They sound like their peers. They act like their peers. Students who are military veterans often have different needs than their peers, however.   Faculty who understand and respect differences in military and civilian life can help faculty support those who have already given a lot of themselves to support us.  Take …

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Dec 08 2017

SIP 5.15 Helping Students Practice Self-Care

  Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Having a student nod off in class or show up to class with a large and very distracting fast food meal can seem disrespectful, but it’s entirely possible that both scenarios can be attributed to a lack of self-care skills. College students are notorious for being sleep deprived, …

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