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First day of class: Meet Your Teacher

Most teachers, I’m sure, make sure to leave time during the first class to take student questions, primarily about the syllabus and the shape of the course ahead. But it’s worth underlining the importance of student involvement right from the start, letting them know that your desire to hear their questions and concerns is not just a superficial courtesy (“Any questions? OK then…). Here’s a way to encourage students to take ownership of the course. After a brief introduction, distribute the…

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Managing Misbehavior in the College Classroom

Managing Misbehavior in the College Classroom | Cult of Pedagogy

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alternatives to traditional homework

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I had a little chat with my students

College teaching. Should be teaching any age.

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37 Insanely Smart School Teacher Hacks

Give kids a visual way to represent their status as they work independently.

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How to Write a Syllabus

This model and template will help college, high school, and middle school teachers put together a syllabus that sets you and your students up for a great year. Continue Reading →

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14 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a College Professor

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What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain--recommended at Teach me to Teach

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Start every class with a writing prompt

Here’s a strategy whose simplicity belies its usefulness: every class period, as the students come into the classroom, put a question or prompt on the board for the students to respond to, in writing. If you make this a habit, it has a number of important benefits. * It provides a clear break from the noise and distraction of the outside world and the focus you want to instill during class. A brief period—even five minutes—of quiet reflection and writing can help…

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Teaching Strategies for the College Classroom: A Collection of

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