Tag: wellbeing

SIP 6.11 Sustaining Resilience in the Race to the Semester Finish Line

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? No matter when the semester break occurs nor the length of the respite, the last weeks of a semester regularly fill with malaise, procrastination, anxiety, and exhaustion. When the weather is inviting, attendance and productivity wane as students (and faculty) prefer to be outdoors more than indoors. You might …

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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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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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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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SIP #3.26 Minimizing Anxiety for Better Learning

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? At this time in the semester but really, at any time in the semester), students are faced with the challenges of attending school, engaging in classes, and completing work while also struggling with anxiety. In a 2013 survey by the National College Health Assessment, roughly half of college students …

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SIP #3.17 Supporting Undocumented Students

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Sometimes the best instructional practices have nothing to do with content delivery or methodological design, but instead focus on creating a classroom environment in which students can feel safe enough to fully participate in the educational enterprise.   President Jordan has been a leader in supporting higher education for undocumented …

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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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SIP #3.5 Productive Interactions with Frustrating Students

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Last week the SIPsquad offered some perspective on the management of instructor frustration in the face of challenging student behavior. This week, the SIPsquad offers up some tactical advice that will allow instructors to immediately and positively engage in behavior correction for good outcomes. We are doing our students …

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SIP #3.4 Managing Feelings of Frustration Toward Students

Professor frustrated with students

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Have you ever heard something like, “What degrees do you have?” “I am an A student and I don’t agree with this grade.” “Actually, I recently read ____ and it said ….” Comments like these can result in feelings of frustration for professors. Those feelings can become barriers to …

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SIP #2.22 Designing Classes to Accommodate Diverse Students’ Out-of-Class Obligations

Thirsty for Strong Instructional Practice? Our students have very complex and complicated lives that pull them in many directions between school, work, and family obligations. We want to respect our students’ lives, however we also want them to do college work and participate in class. How do we balance these competing needs? Take a SIP …

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