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SIP 14.15 The New 3 R’s: Refresh, Renew, Rejuvenate

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? The end of the fall semester at Metropolitan State University of Denver – which to many was another challenging, stressful, sometimes-chaotic one – it is a great time to remember the critical need to prioritize self-care and wellness. The importance of unwinding to give yourself time for a healthy, …

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SIP 14.14 Self-compassion and Compassion for Writers

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Let’s be honest about writing. In the professional world, writing timed essays isn’t common. And yet, in most academic disciplines, students are expected to produce quality writing, often research-informed, under the constraints of our prompts and deadlines while managing other end-of-semester projects and exams as well as off-campus life …

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SIP 14.13 Using Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Double-dip in Teaching and Research

As Metropolitan State University of Denver moves back toward some version of “normal,” faculty members are asking: How can we do effective and efficient professional development while bearing the post-pandemic burden? The answer: The struggle is real! Faculty and staff members have all experienced the emotional and physical stress of teaching, service and scholarship during …

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SIP 14.12 Curbing the ‘Shecession’

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Gender equity is a foundational element of a high-functioning society. As we know, this long-held goal has yet to be reached in the United States and around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic set back progress toward this goal. Many of us have been or know someone affected by gender …

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SIP 14.11 Engaging Students through 1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform: Lighting Fires and Opening Minds

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? William Butler Yeats famously said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” Regardless of our academic disciplines, as faculty members we hope the university experience sparks students’ curiosity, opens their minds and promotes the habits and values of lifelong learning. We strive …

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SIP 14.10 Eliminate Ableism from Your Teaching

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? If you are like many faculty members at Metropolitan State University of Denver, you take pride in differentiating your instruction for students: taking care to integrate visuals into your lectures, making sure classes involve lecture and activities, being available during office hours and through other mechanisms outside of class …

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SIP 14.9 How to Incorporate Student Voice in Your Course Design

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Over the past few years at Metropolitan State University of Denver, we’ve increased our conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom. We are a diverse community of learners and educators committed to educational equity. One way we can work for educational equity is through incorporating justice principles in course …

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SIP 14.8 Are Faculty Members and Students Languishing?

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Are either of these scenarios familiar? 1) Your students seem engaged in class and ask good questions, but when the first assignment is due, more of them than usual don’t submit any work. 2) You are preparing to teach a class on a subject you usually feel energized by, …

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SIP 14.7 What Your Contingent Faculty Colleagues Wish You Knew

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Over 50 years ago, MSU Denver (then Metropolitan State College of Denver) was founded by courageous temporary teachers who worked their professional jobs and then came to campus to share their experience and knowhow with students. Today, a significant percentage of MSU Denver faculty members are classified as affiliate or contingent and hold part-time, lecturer …

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SIP 14.6 ‘Queering’ Your Curriculum: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Binary

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Often in our attempt to simplify learning, we reduce concepts to either/or, this side/that side, traditional/nontraditional, black/white and other binary constructs. By simplifying complex relations, ideas and thought into two sides, groups or elements that are diametrically opposite, we are using dichotomous or binary thinking. Dichotomous instruction has often …

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