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Winning Instructional Strategies

Most instructors enjoy students who can sit through a lecture, review all course materials, and apply the concepts without issue. There are not many of these students out there however so we need to consider the instructional strategies we are using in the classroom. The strategies we employ impact ...

21st Century Engagement Tools

Students today have advertisers, social media, friends, parents, and other teachers, all bidding for their attention. As a teacher, if you can keep them focused for an entire class period, you are doing very well! Keeping students engaged is not a 21st century problem, but it can be addressed with ...

Use Print Books, Not E-Books, with Young Readers

I like my Kindle, but I’m not convinced that e-books are a good idea for the youngest readers. I’d rather see children enthralled with reading itself than with yet another piece of technology. I’m not the only person who is hesitant about using e-readers with those who are just le ...

Be Creative When Grading Creative Writing

Grades matter to good students, but attaching letter grades to creative works is challenging. Unlike in math, where having a certain number of problems correct translates into a percentage and letter grade, creative writing lacks a quantitative component to assess. To provide ideas for addressing t ...

Keeping Your Students Engaged with Diversity

Keeping your students engaged is one of the most difficult tasks for any teacher. More than engaged, you must also make sure all students are adequately stimulated--always keeping in mind each individual student is different, and are thus going to learn differently as well. Due to this principle, l ...

3 Ways to Engage Online Students

Face-to-face students can ask questions and engage with instructors and peers without much effort. Online students do not have this luxury. It is the instructor’s responsibility to give leaners as many opportunities to interact with peers, the content, and themselves (the instructor) as possi ...