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SIP 14.1 Get Peer Suggestions about Teaching Practices and Strategies for Class Activities, Assignments and More

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice?   Welcome to the fall semester! After almost 18 months of unprecedented teaching and learning, it is wonderful to be back on campus and moving to establish a new normal of academic excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. For the past 6½ years, the anonymous “SIPsquad” has been …

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SIP 13.15 Moving Forward in Fall

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? As this unprecedented academic year comes to a close, it is time to start thinking ahead to fall classes. Covid-19 has certainly altered the way we all teach, but are those changes permanent? Will students’ classroom engagement, goals and behavior be irrevocably marred by a year of Zoom, or …

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SIP 13.14 Make All Students Feel Welcome and Supported by Using Proper Pronouns

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Creating a welcoming and empowering learning environment is critical to supporting the success and well-being of transgender, nonbinary and other gender-diverse students. While some students may disclose these identities to you, others may not feel safe disclosing their gender identity. It’s best to assume that there are transgender and …

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SIP 13.13 Long-term Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Students

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? I think we would all agree that this past COVID-19 pandemic year has been most unexpected and pervasively disruptive. Statistics from the Metropolitan State University of Denver Counseling Center from last June 1 to the present indicate that 32.2% of students who reached out for support cited Covid stress …

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SIP 13.12 Use Video Clips to Enhance Learning

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? In a recent conversation on Teams, students were commiserating about the tough upcoming month, the last month of the semester. Several students shared that they were behind on reading or didn’t feel particularly confident about the last exam. Typical mid-semester blues. One student said, “I always fall asleep while …

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SIP 13.11 Help! My Tricks Aren’t Working Anymore!

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? It is usually impossible to make sweeping statements about the state of teaching for everyone across disciplines, across levels, full-time and affiliate, etc. However, it is pretty safe to say teaching has changed for pretty much all of us since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 2020 was a year of learning to …

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SIP 13.10 Accessible Methods for Teaching Citation

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? We tend to think of writing as conveying verbal information – the words and their meaning are what is important. However, in much of the academic writing we ask students to do, formatting and citation in specific styles (MLA, APA, IEEE, etc.) is an integral part of the assignment. …

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SIP 13.9 Student-to-Student Peer Assessment/Evaluation

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? Do you ever feel like you spend all your time grading or have grading piling up no matter how hard you try? What if assessing what students know and do not know in a class is not just up to the instructor? What if students could be involved in …

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SIP 13.8 Taking Care of Ourselves First

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? We’ve all heard this statement numerous times: “Put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting others.” But the question is: How do we as caring, nurturing people do this without feeling guilt, second thoughts and possibly remorse? It is in our nature as teachers to want to help …

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SIP 13.7 Teaching about Plagiarism and Source Use

Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice? When talking about plagiarism among students, faculty members often express the idea that they “don’t want to be a cop.” The good news is that you don’t have to. You can head off many plagiarism issues by focusing on teaching students about how to use sources and why to …

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