Faculty Focus special report: Effective Strategies for Improving Teaching and Learning

Faculty Focus always has a wealth of information and suggestions for improving one’s teaching. This new special report includes several short articles that address constructing an environment in which you can teach most effectively and your students can learn most effectively. Check it out:

EffectiveStrategiesImproveTeachandLearn.pdf (application/pdf Object).

What strategies in this report will you consider as you plan your teaching for the fall semester? (Or is it too early even to think about that?)

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2 responses to “Faculty Focus special report: Effective Strategies for Improving Teaching and Learning

  1. Thanks for this very manageable midsummer peppering of ideas. I recommend especially the “Tree Falling in the Forest” piece–lots of good little ideas in there for making more effective use of comments on student writing (a topic that has elicited much interest, head-scratching, and/or lamentation previously on this blog).

  2. On a few occasions, I’ve given students in a 75-minute class session a short break (though I often encourage them to talk about the material as they break), just as the authors of the “stretching and music” article do. Students self-report needing a break, though I have no data to show that it has a positive effect on learning.

    A common theme in many of the articles seems to be making students as aware as possible of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it that way. The authors all agree that students are more able to learn when they know why they’re learning it–and why they’re learning it in this fashion.