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 →

How to Write a Syllabus

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.

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…

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, letti

College teaching. Should be teaching any age.

I had a little chat with my students

Moving from expert professional to college professor (clickable! for more information)

From Professional to Professor

10 Learning Design Strategies to Engage Learners [Infographic]

10 Learning Design Strategies to Engage Learners [Infographic] Comments: How do we engage ourselves as learners? Can we use our own prior knowledge and methods to engage other students?

Want your college class to be exceptional? These strategies will make your teaching more engaging, effective, and satisfying for you and your students. | Cult of Pedagogy

5 Ways College Teachers Can Improve Their Instruction

Want your college class to be exceptional? These strategies will make your teaching more engaging, effective, and satisfying for you and your students.

“I just finished my first year of teaching at the college level. I’m embarrassed to say it, but I had a lot of behavior problems. I never expected to have these issues in college, but I do, and I don’t know what to do about it.” | Cult of Pedagogy

Managing Misbehavior in the College Classroom

Managing Misbehavior in the College Classroom - expecting behavior to be a non-issue at the college level, but finding that college students still need lots of guidance.

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class -- Article with 4 suggestions on how to activate students' interest at the beginning of a class; although aimed at college students, the ideas presented will work equally well with K-12 students, including ELLs.

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

"How do you change academic culture? One reason that question gets asked a lot is that it’s so hard to answer. Another reason is that so much of academic culture needs changing.

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…

Start every class with a writing prompt

Teaching ideas

10 Simple Ways to Get Your Students Moving and Learning

Good list for engaging adult learners, very useful for community college teaching - "5 tips to help you see non-traditional students as different, and not difficult"

Engage adult learners with these tips for success from TeamUP, Cengage Learning's peer-to-peer faculty development group.

A more detailed explanation of the Cornell Method can be found here

Writing is easier when you have great class notes and reading notes. The Cornell notes method is an easy and effective note taking system that has been used by successful students since the

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