Encourage students to speak to each other, not just to feed you "correct" answers to narrow questions.
When students can put less effort into learning the LMS, they can put more effort into learning course material.
A Danish proverb says, "He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning." But that doesn't mean it's easy to ask!
Students know that they learn better when they speak up in class--whether that is asking clarifying questions, sharing an idea, practicing an explanation, or inviting their peers to expand on their ideas. Still, it can be hard. Students may worry about their spoken English skills, especially for non-native speakersdislike or be surprised at their voice... Continue Reading →
This semester, you can help students complete their assignments with a few easy steps. These choices also tend to reduce student stress and cheating, which in turn reduces teacher stress.
Consistency will help students manage their time and help make sure that nothing (or fewer things) fall through the crack since it limits the changes in a semester full of them.
Remember that students are often less adept at learning from home than you are at teaching from home.
The US's approach to free speech prioritizes individual expression by the speaker over the safety of the listener. In contrast, in the nations we like to compare ourselves to, free speech is often organized around the harm that speech does to others. This is a major difference, but for those of us who teach in... Continue Reading →
"You can't be neutral on a moving train" is the title of radical historian Howard Zinn's autobiography. It's a reminder that if we stand still as the world moves, we move in the same direction as the world, even though we experience ourselves as stationary. It's the same when we teach in the classroom and... Continue Reading →
I just ran an analysis of my most recently-taught online course and found (again) reminders that how much time students spend in their online classes corresponds to their grade in the course. Now, this comes with several caveats: "How much time spent" isn't a measure of paying attention. A student could login on, turn on... Continue Reading →