Tag Archive: student engagement

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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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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Mar 09 2017

SIP #3.23 Project Based Learning

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Opportunities for students to engage in the community and be more self-directed in their learning are important elements of well-rounded curriculum. Yet providing students with a structured opportunity for such can be challenging. Take a SIP of This: Project Based Learning What is Project-Based Learning? Project-Based Learning is a …

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Mar 02 2017

SIP #3.22 Using Games to Reinforce Content

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? You have prepared the “perfect” presentation for your class; your PowerPoint includes stunning pictures, provocative video clips, music and challenging concepts. After ten minutes, your students start to move on their seats; to hide behind the student in front so they can slip unnoticed into the realm of texting; …

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Feb 16 2017

SIP #3.20 Grading Contracts

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? As much as we try to make our instruction student-centered, or to use Maryellen Weimer’s term, learner-centered, we tend to create our assignments and grading schemes free of student input. While this is a common practice, it can leave students feeling disempowered. Grading itself is already fraught with power …

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Nov 10 2016

SIP #3.12 Developing Learner Self-Awareness

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Last week’s SIP explored the differences between being student-centered and learner-centered, with learner-centered classrooms being focused on what students do and what and how they learn. A key practice of learner-centered teaching is explicit attention to developing learner self-awareness, which is a component of meta-cognitive awareness. Meta-cognitive awareness has …

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Nov 03 2016

SIP #3.11 Student-Centered vs. Learner-Centered Teaching

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? For years now, faculty development circles have been tossing around the phrases “student-centered” and “learner-centered.”  We are all pretty clear on the fact that the “sage on the stage” has given way to the “guide on the side,” but how do we “faculty guides” center our practice appropriately?  Aren’t …

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Sep 29 2016

SIP #3.6 What is Student Engagement?

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? In education, we hear a lot about “student engagement” and how important it can be for student success. Our definitions of “engagement” tend to vary according to our role on campus, however. For faculty, engagement can mean coming to class, participating in group discussions, or completing homework. For administrators, …

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Apr 21 2016

SIP #2.27 The Snowball

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Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Do you ever assign your students articles or book chapters to read prior to class, expecting or perhaps hoping for an engaging conversation, only to end up sounding like the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?   ….. “Anyone?….Anyone?” It can be disheartening and even infuriating when students do not …

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Jan 28 2016

SIP #2.16 Assignment Menus

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Do you notice the energy and motivation your students bring to class discussions and activities wane when it’s time for them to write an assignment? Do you get bored reading the same thing from student to student and even semester to semester? Using an assignment menu can reinvigorate both you …

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