Teaching Strategy Resource Shelf

Building Rapport from the Beginning

Published Date:January 14, 2015

Building Rapport from the Beginning.  Good rapport between instructor and students is arguably the most important factor in good classroom dynamics. You should begin the process of building rapport and collegiality on the first day of class, and continue cultivating this environment throughout the semester. Don’t miss this opportunity on your first day.

Published Date: January 14, 2015


Establishing Rapport and Why It Matters

Published Date:January 14, 2015

Establishing Rapport and Why It Matters.  It cannot be underestimated how important establishing rapport is in effective teaching and learning. Connections with students play a role in student participation, effort, and engagement with the content. Ways to build rapport and respect for your students are providing praise, nodding and smiling, using their names, and identifying prior knowledge. Additional strategies such as helping students answer their own questions are quite effective in creating rapport, while enhancing learning.

Published Date: January 14, 2015


Final Exams as Learning Moments

Published Date:December 3, 2014

Final Exams as Teaching Moments. A common complaint from students is that final exams do not always test the kinds of knowledge that is asked for in homework or quizzes or presented in lectures. Whether this perception is accurate or not, it’s an excellent starting point for talking about the final exam. The worst final exams can seem unfocused, determined to test everything, or random things. The best final exams are learning moments. Click here for suggestions from Berkeley’s teaching center.

Published Date: December 3, 2014


Ending the Semester with a Purpose

Published Date:November 24, 2014

Ending the Semester with a Purpose.  Besides providing a review for the final exam, have you thought about other ways in which to end the semester?  Some activities are “Create a Model” and “Write a Cover Letter.” Here are additional ways to encourage students to integrate and summarize the course material at more complex levels and to increase retention.

Published Date: November 24, 2014


Design Considerations for Exam Wrappers

Published Date:October 23, 2014

Design Considerations for Exam Wrappers. "Exam wrappers are short activities that direct students to review their performance (and the instructor's feedback) on an exam with an eye toward adapting their future learning.  Exam wrappers ask students three kinds of questions: How did they prepare for the exam?  What kinds of errors did they make on the exam?  What could they do differently next time?"  Click here to see examples and strategies to help our students become more reflective about their learning.

Published Date: October 23, 2014


Getting Students to Act on Our Feedback

Published Date:October 9, 2014

Getting Students to Act on Our Feedback. I’m still pondering why students don’t make better use of the feedback we provide on papers, projects, presentations, even the whole class feedback we offer after we’ve graded a set of exams. Yes, we do see improvement as we look back across a course, but we also see a lot of the same errors repeated throughout the course.”  Learn how to improve your comments to help your students develop an action plan based on your feedback for the next assignment.

Published Date: October 9, 2014