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Message to My Freshman Students  For the first time in many years I am teaching a freshman course, Introduction to Philosophy.

Message to My Freshman Students 

The experience has been mostly good. I had been told that my freshman students would be apathetic, incurious, inattentive, unresponsive and frequently absent, and that they would exude an insufferable sense of entitlement. How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker. U want 2B a better writer?

How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even science — behind writing well. Our brain works a particular way; so what rules do we need to know to write the way the brain best understands? To find out the answer I gave Steven Pinker a call. Steven is a cognitive scientist and linguist at Harvard. Steven was recently ranked as one of the top 100 most eminent psychologists of the modern era. His latest book is The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Below you’ll learn: The two key elements that will improve your writing.The biggest mistake we all make — and how to fix it.The science behind what makes writing work.The most pleasant way to improve your knowledge of grammar. Zinn Education Project.

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips  It's about that time again.

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips 

Sleepy college towns will begin to awaken, abuzz with an excitement that only college students can inspire. Young scholars will soon arrive on college and university campuses, ready, or not so ready, to take on the world of higher education. Resources, Tips, and Activities for Large Classes. Team-Based Learning.

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Mentoring. Academic Support for Students. Cook Counseling Center is dedicated to aiding students in achieving a successful college career.

Academic Support for Students

While mental health and counseling services are Cook Counseling Center’s main focus, academic support for students is one of its main priorities. In this capacity, the counseling center provides Wellness Workshops that focus on specific, academic related issues, such as stress management and test anxiety; and information on how to improve study skills, including time management tips and concentration techniques. Cook Counseling Center also provides information on graduate school testing. Academic support covers many different aspects of academic success, but it also includes academic relief. Cook Counseling Center works with students whose college success has been hindered by mental illness or great mental stress.

Liberating Structures - Liberating Structures Menu. Liberating Structures Menu Five conventional structures guide the way we organize routine interactions and how groups work together: presentations, managed discussions, open discussions, status reports and brainstorm sessions.

Liberating Structures - Liberating Structures Menu

Liberating Structures add 33 more options to the big five conventional approaches. Any one LS can change a meeting. Together they can liberate and transform an entire organization. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning. January 9, 2013 By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class.

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined below are a few novel activities for using that first day of class to emphasize the importance of learning and the responsibility students share for shaping the classroom environment. Best and Worst Classes – I love this quick and easy activity. First Day Graffiti – This is an adaptation of an activity proposed by Barbara Goza in the Journal of Management Education in 1993. “I learn best in classes where the teacher ___” “Students in courses help me learn when they ___” “I am most likely to participate in classes when ___” “Here’s something that makes it hard to learn in a course: ___” “Here’s something that makes it easy to learn in a course: ___” Lessons Worth Sharing. La Educacion Prohibida. Finding Your Peace in The Academy - National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. As the fall semester comes to a close, I find myself having lots of conversations about finding your peace in the Academy.

Finding Your Peace in The Academy - National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because so many people contact me with the same problem: they are passionate about their scholarship, but they're struggling to figure out how to be in the Ivory Tower. In other words, they love their work, but find themselves working 60-80 hours a week without making progress on the very writing projects they love and sensing they are sacrificing their health and relationships in the process. DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effective Classrooms. Clean Up Your Mess - A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone. Clif Mims. Welcome to Skype in the classroom. Record & Share your Ideas. Understanding and Building Your Course Blackboard On Demand Learning Center. Blackboard is moving all Learn videos to YouTube.

Understanding and Building Your Course Blackboard On Demand Learning Center

The existing links to the Learn 9.1 videos on the On Demand Learning Center will remain live, but the On Demand landing pages will soon redirect to help.blackboard.com, where you'll find the YouTube playlists for students and instructors. Featured Content Date Management Service Pack (SP) 13. Grammar. 15 Best Free Stock Photo Sites. WikiPaintings.org - the encyclopedia of painting.