1120 Simplifying Teaching Simplifying Teaching: How to Make Your Teaching More Efficient, Effective, and Enjoyable Without Slighting Your Lab ProjectsWhen he took his first job at Arizona State University, James Elser had spent nearly a decade in the lab and didn't really know what to expect when it came to teaching. After instructing a few graduate classes, he was tossed in front of his first large class for nonscience majors, "to see if I could survive," he says. It was challenging, he thought, and not all that enjoyable, but he didn't worry too much about it-until he got back his teacher evaluations. "They said I was going too fast, that they weren't clear what it was for, or why they were learning this stuff," Elser says.
Teaching Strategies: Motivating Students Instructors who understand student motivation can greatly enhance the classroom experience and student performance. The articles and links on this page discuss research findings on student motivation and techniques for motivating students. Teaching FAQs: Motivating Students Fifteen tips on motivating students from the Teaching Effectiveness Program at the University of Oregon. How To Mix Chalkboard Paint in Any Color We love using chalkboards as backdrops for displays and parties (like this one here!). So we were super excited to learn that you can create your own custom colors-and it's really easy! We first learned how from Martha Stewart whose tutorial you can read here. She recommends that you use latex paint, but we tried it out with acrylic paints with much success. Here's how you too can create your own chalkboard paint... Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!)
Subvert from Within: a user-focused employee guide « In Seattle this week | Main | "Dignity is deadly." - Paul Graham » Subvert from Within: a user-focused employee guide It's one thing to talk about--and execute--a user-focused approach when you're a small company or an independent contractor. But what if you are, in fact, a fish in a sea as vast as, say, Microsoft? Can you hope to make a difference? Introduction to Cooperative Learning An Overview Of Cooperative Learning David W Johnson and Roger T Johnson Without the cooperation of its members society cannot survive, and the society of man has survived because the cooperativeness of its members made survival possible…. It was not an advantageous individual here and there who did so, but the group. In human societies the individuals who are most likely to survive are those who are best enabled to do so by their group. (Ashley Montagu, 1965)
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25 Ways to Obtain Childrens Attention in a School Setting by Leah Davies, M.Ed. By Leah Davies, M.Ed. There are countless times when educators need their students' undivided attention. The following methods are best taught during the first weeks of school. How to Start a Startup March 2005 (This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.) You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed. And that's kind of exciting, when you think about it, because all three are doable.
Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning What is constructivism? How does this theory differ from traditional ideas about teaching and learning? What does constructivism have to do with my classroom? Expert interview What is the history of constructivism, and how has it changed over time? What are some critical perspectives? Techniques for creative teaching Creative teaching In order to teach creativity, one must teach creatively; that is, it will take a great deal of creative effort to bring out the most creative thinking in your classes. Of course, creativity is not the only required element for creative instructors.