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Students Who Make Excuses Tough Problems: Difficult Students Doug Barrett Christia Brown Angela Griffin AndreaWarner-Czyz Our group covered the "tough topic" of difficult students, which includes a diverse population of students that pose a problem of some sort. 1. 2. 3. 4. Case Study: Bob shows up to class every day on time, and is apparently intelligent and well-versed in the scientific background of the class. Solutions: The common thread running through the literature about disgruntled, unhappy, angry students is this: communication. But communication, through the use of journals, minute papers, and other student writings can give you a clue as to the cause of the student's anger. But there are solutions. A more systematic approach is taken by Downs (1992), who proposes several "steps towards harmony" for dealing with angry and oppositional students. McKeachie (1999) offers some more alternatives. Of course, preventative measures are preferable to reactive, after-the-fact solutions.

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» Use the Pygmalion Effect to Create a High Performing Team the awesome culture blog “High expectations are the key to everything.” - Sam Walton The Pygmalion Effect Study In the 1960s, Harvard psychology professor Robert Rosenthal teamed up with South San Francisco elementary school principal Lenore Jacobson to conduct what later became known as the Pygmalion Effect study. In the study, 20% of the students within each of 18 elementary school classrooms were randomly assigned to a ‘high achiever’ group, with the remaining 80% serving as the control group. “When teachers expect students to do well and show intellectual growth, they do; when teachers do not have such expectations, performance and growth are not so encouraged and may in fact be discouraged in a variety of ways.” Later studies revealed that when teachers have higher expectations of students, they unconsciously give more positive attention, feedback, and learning opportunities to those students. Marva Collins Pygmalion in Management J. The Golem Effect (Pygmalion in Reverse) What’s the Right Level of Expectations?

What is PBL? To help teachers do PBL well, we created a comprehensive, research-based model for PBL — a "gold standard" to help teachers, schools, and organizations to measure, calibrate, and improve their practice. In Gold Standard PBL, projects are focused on student learning goals and include Essential Project Design Elements: Interns - Tutor/Mentor Connection Richard Felder: Resources in Science and Engineering Education Richard Felder's Home Page Richard M. Felder Dr. Richard M. Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent's blog.

Successful Learning: Peer Learning Many institutions of learning now promote instructional methods involving ‘active’ learning that present opportunities for students to formulate their own questions, discuss issues, explain their viewpoints, and engage in cooperative learning by working in teams on problems and projects. ‘Peer learning’ is a form of cooperative learning that enhances the value of student-student interaction and results in various advantageous learning outcomes. To realise the benefits of peer learning, teachers must provide ‘intellectual scaffolding’. Thus, teachers prime students by selecting discussion topics that all students are likely to have some relevant knowledge of; they also raise questions/issues that prompt students towards more sophisticated levels of thinking. In addition, collaborative processes are devised to get all group members to participate meaningfully. Peer Learning Strategies To facilitate successful peer learning, teachers may choose from an array of strategies: Conclusion