The stakes are high when an instructor responds to a student answer that is wrong or just not very good. What a teacher says to a student will influence future class participation and discussions. To increase the chances of student participation, it helps to have a repertoire of strategies to employ. We introduce you to 13 possible strategies and responses that you can use when a student has provided an answer that is wrong or not very good.
With learner-centered teaching, students take more responsibility for their learning. It’s an approach that focuses a teacher’s attention on what students are doing and deals with learning processes explicitly. We share three strategies to demonstrate approaches that can benefit students and teachers.
Learn how to respond to even the toughest questions that students pose with confidence and credibility. We help you develop a reliable strategy for fielding students’ questions without losing your cool or undermining your credibility.
Without deep learning, your students can come away from courses with misunderstandings and oversimplified views of complex issues. Learn how the process of critical reflection is a reliable way to deepen the learning experience.
This fast, focused presentation zeroes in on a trio of potential higher education teaching pitfalls … one involving how you teach, one what you teach, and one whom you teach. You’ll come away with ideas you can use right away to avoid problems and create a positive, productive learning environment.
Developing critical thinking skills is the real business of higher education – teaching students to analyze and dissect every idea, ruminate about it, and arrive at thoughtful, informed opinions. This fast, focused program will show you how to incorporate active learning components into every aspect of your courses, from lectures to labs, from writing assignments to tests.
Concept mapping may be applied in any academic discipline to make better sense of a reading, document learning or thinking, or brainstorm a project. Used expertly, they can substantially increase student understanding of difficult topics. We introduce the idea of concept mapping and explain how it can be used to facilitate explanations and raise achievement in the classroom.
A college education is about more than just accumulating knowledge. To reach deeper levels of understanding, a student must be able to construct meaning out of a purposeful combination of experiences and academic materials. Critical reflection is one of the best ways to overcome this common problem. We address the common misconception that reflection activities are “touchy-feely” exercises lacking in academic rigor and provide clear guidance on how to facilitate and assess the learning gained through critical reflection exercises.
Recent neuroscience findings shed new light on the external and internal factors that affect acquiring, processing, and learning new knowledge. Two leaders in the field of metacognition (“knowing about knowing”) will review what science now tells us about the learning process and share concrete classroom strategies and methods that are informed by that science.
Learn to improve upon traditional first-day classroom activities and replace stilted introductions and syllabus review with active learning by utilizing distance learning tools.
Gain multiple strategies for spurring student curiosity on a day-to-day basis as well as throughout the course. Explore surprising but practical ways to connect with students and get their feedback and incorporate it in your teaching methodology.
Discover both instructional and classroom strategies that promote a growth mindset. Help transform students’ fixed mindsets, boost their confidence in their abilities, help them overcome setbacks in their education, and strengthen their persistence to learn.