Students' Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Five Ways to Break the Cycle. June 5th, 2017 By: Melissa Wehler, PhD Faculty are often confronted by the ghosts of educators past. In the writing intensive courses I teach, those ghosts usually manifest in one phrase: “I’m a bad writer.” This embarrassed confession bespeaks an educational experience fraught with negative beliefs and expectations, not just about their writing but about their ability to succeed in general. The phrase becomes an inescapable prophecy lurking in every writing assignment prompt.
Provide opportunities for metacognition. When the Teacher Becomes the Student. As a follow-up to last week’s post, here’s a final bit from my rummaging around old favorites in my personal library of teaching and learning resources.
The insights come from Roy Starling’s great piece in which he recounts his experiences of being released from his teaching responsibilities to take a full load of courses with a small group of undergraduates. It radically changed his teaching, as it did Marshall Gregory’s when he enrolled in an undergraduate acting class, and as it did mine when I took a non-major’s chemistry course with 20 first-semester students. Most faculty do not have time to take courses or they’re at institutions without programs that support these experiences. However, even short visits to a colleague’s class and experiencing it as a student (not a peer reviewer) yields insights about teaching and motivates change. Based on that experience, here are four things Starling resolved to change once he returned to teaching.
References: Starling, R., (1987). Small Changes in Teaching: Making Connections - The Chronicle of Higher Education. Last week I stepped out into the backyard at 10 p.m. on a cold, crisp evening.
While the dog took care of his business, my eyes wandered up to the night sky and my mind drifted to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem "Frost at Midnight": "I was reared/In the great city, pent ’mid cloisters dim,/And saw nought lovely but the sky and stars. " I had just taught the poem in my British-literature survey, and Coleridge’s depiction of the stars as a city-dweller’s lifeline to the natural world struck me with fresh intensity. The next morning I climbed onto the elliptical in my basement for my thrice-weekly torture session, and started watching the second episode of Run, a short-lived British television series depicting life among London’s tough underclass.
As I watched a heartbreaking story about the fate of a recent immigrant to the city, I made a mental note to recommend the show to my survey students when we read Zadie Smith’s short story "The Waiter’s Wife" later in the semester. Testing What You’re Teaching Without Teaching to the Test. Have your students ever told you that your tests are too hard?
Tricky? Unfair? Many of us have heard these or similar comments. TaxProf Blog. James Lang (Professor of English and Director of Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College; ), Small Changes in Teaching (March 2016): The First Five Minutes of Class: The opening five minutes offer us a rich opportunity to capture the attention of students and prepare them for learning.
They walk into our classes trailing all of the distractions of their complex lives — the many wonders of their smartphones, the arguments with roommates, the question of what to have for lunch. Their bodies may be stuck in a room with us for the required time period, but their minds may be somewhere else entirely. Sign In. Don't have a Microsoft account?
Sign up now Microsoft account What's this? Email or phone Password. 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About. Via Edudemic Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: HOW CAN WE DO BETTER? AN ASSIGNMENT. As I write this entry, I am in the middle of giving my second Financial Accounting test of the semester.
The students are sweating away at this very moment. If you would like to receive a copy of the test just to see how another teacher asks questions, drop me an email at Jhoyle@richmond.edu. I was asked recently to give a presentation here at the University of Richmond to explain my long-time use of the Socratic Method. There was clearly a lot of curiosity because faculty showed up from all across campus: biology, chemistry, computer science, English, history, law, political science, and more.
Jane Hart's independent website about learning trends, technologies and tools. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: IS GOOD TEACHING REALLY APPRECIATED? The September 16, 2015, issue of The Wall Street Journal provided a wonderful essay by Jason Stevens titled “A Professor Who Put Teaching First.”
He writes about one of his professors (Peter W. Schramm of Ashland University) who recently died. I found almost every word to be moving. However, here are two sentences that were really wonderful: “His office was always full of students wanting to tear off a bit of wisdom . . . Schramm taught his students how to think and live well, how to be prudent and judge wisely, how to seek the just and the true.”
Words like those were what made me want to become a college teacher way back when I was a young person. Reading this essay started me thinking. As I travel around the country providing teaching seminars, the most common complaint I hear from faculty is “No one really cares whether I teach well. Boston Professor Uses Frequent Feedback From Class as Teaching Aide. BOSTON — Every other Monday, right before class ends, Muhammad Zaman, a Boston University biomedical engineering professor, hands out a one-page form asking students to anonymously rate him and the course on a scale of one to five.
It asks more, too: “How can the professor improve your learning of the material?” “Has he improved his teaching since the last evaluation? In particular, has he incorporated your suggestions?” “How can the material be altered to improve your understanding of the material?” “Anything else you would like to convey to the professor?” Teaching Concerns of New (and Not So New?) Teachers. The list of concerns was compiled from a qualitative analysis of 10 years of graduate teaching assistants’ online discussion posts.
The 120 students wrote the posts in a three-credit course that prepared them to teach beginning communication courses. It’s a list that raises some interesting questions. Are the concerns legitimate? They are listed in order of importance. Simplifying a Teacher's Life: Free Technology Tools for Assessment. Sign In. Close the Book. Recall. Write It Down. - Faculty. By DAVID GLENN That old study method still works, researchers say.
Teaching Time Savers. Designing Engaging Course Documents with Piktochart. This is a guest post by Julie Platt, currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She researches and teaches about writing centers, creative writing studies, professional writing, and technical communication. On Twitter, she’s @Aristotlejulep. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: CREATING A FINAL EXAMINATION. “Too often, we settle for dreams that merely scratch the surface of our abilities and then wonder why we are dissatisfied with the results.”
From the book: Don’t Just Dream about Success: Stack the Odds in Your Favor By: Joe Hoyle (to be published in January 2014) Returning from Thanksgiving break, virtually all college teachers start looking forward to creating and then grading final exams. It is a necessary part of the job but it is also an event that can impact the education of each student rather significantly. Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF TEACHING. As some of you might know, about five years ago I cofounded the website www.CPAreviewforFREE.com.
Since that time, we have provided CPA exam candidates with 2,400 free questions and answers which are (in my opinion) well written and well explained. We do this because we firmly believe that everyone needs access to affordable materials so that they have a reasonable opportunity of passing the CPA exam. The CPA profession should be open to all people, even those who cannot afford expensive study guides and review materials.
Over the years, many candidates have passed the exam solely using our questions and answers. These are often young people with very limited resources. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: Why We Teach. There are days, especially at the end of each semester, when I wonder why I keep teaching. I guess we all face those dark moments. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: Two Super Articles About College Teaching. Here is an email that I sent to the faculty of my school (the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond) this morning as we all get ready for a new school year.
Time to get excited about the upcoming challenge. Greetings -- welcome back for another bright and sunny school year. Possibly because I am so lost in the classroom, people send me articles about teaching that they have found worthwhile. Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing. Photo Imagine that on Day 1 of a difficult course, before you studied a single thing, you got hold of the final exam. Bob Jensen's Summary of Distance Education Pedagogy and Technology Tools. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: FOUR WAYS TO SPOT A GREAT TEACHER. I will be leading a 75 minute discussion on teaching (“Coaxing More Excellence from Your Students”) starting at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The presentation is part of the 2014 North Carolina Education Forum at the Embassy Suites near Raleigh, NC.
If you are in the area, I hope you will consider attending. You can get more information at www.ncacpa.org. The September 6-7, 2014, issue of The Wall Street Journal had a great article on teaching: “Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher.” How to Study Effectively. Here, you’ll learn several tips on how to study, such as scientifically-proven note taking methods, tricks for getting the most out of the time you spend reading, and programs that can help you take more effective notes. Knowing any one method won’t be enough; finding the ones that work best for you and using them in conjunction with one another, however, can be the difference. Note Taking and Learning Methods Though it may seem simple to learn “by osmosis,” just letting ideas wash over you isn’t an effective way to absorb and retain information. You need to stay actively engaged to study.
The Best Teaching Resources on the Web. Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page. To the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Inside, you will find chapters on A good place to start -- In this chapter I identify the characteristics, strengths and limitations of authentic assessment; compare and contrast it with traditional (test-based) assessment. Why has authentic assessment become more popular in recent years? When can it best serve assessment needs? Expectations, Underestimations, and Realities.
Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: HOW TO WRITE A TEST. A good friend emailed me a few days ago and asked for some suggestions on writing a test. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: TWO WORDS FOR BETTER TEACHING. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: How Can You Get Better? Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: My Favorite Quotes about Teaching – Number Five.
Bob Jensen's Threads on Assessment. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students. Joe Hoyle: Teaching - Getting the Most from Your Students: FOURTEEN CHARACTERISTICS OF GREAT TEACHING. How to prevent death by PowerPoint - CGMA Magazine.
Bob Jensen's Summary of Distance Education Pedagogy and Technology Tools. Accounting Profession.