Tag Archive: student engagement

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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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 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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Nov 14 2017

SIP 5.7 1Book/1Project/2Transform

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Universities have traditionally been seen as places where students can participate in active intellectual debate around current events and ideological topics that impact society. At MSU Denver, these conversations are happening in relative isolation all the time—but campus-wide dialog can be hard to achieve with our commuter students and the …

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Nov 01 2017

SIP 5.5 Action Research in the Classroom – Using Your Classroom as a Research Lab

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? With teaching, service, and increasing research expectations, we are all stretched thin. One way to “kill two birds with one stone” is to turn your classroom into a research lab – and to bring students along for the journey. You can do this by conducting action research in your …

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Oct 10 2017

SIP 5.3 Using Social Media in the Classroom

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Social media…Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, and YouTube are just a few examples of how we connect in a digital world. Although many of us might spend a good deal of time trying unplug from the onslaught of technology, most of our students are digital learners and engage with the …

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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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