Teaching Strategy Resource Shelf

Mindsets Toward Learning

Published Date:January 28, 2015

Mindsets Toward Learning. A mindset, first described by Carol Dweck, is a view you have of yourself as a learner, and it affects all the decisions you make about your learning-the effort you put forth, the risks you take, how you deal with failures and criticism, and how much of a challenge you are willing to accept. Mindsets can be fixed or growth. There are strategies your students can adopt to promote a growth mindset and to be a successful learner.

Published Date: January 28, 2015


You Got Students Talking about Their Experiences, Now What?

Published Date:January 28, 2015

You Got Students Talking about Their Experiences, Now What? "Get students talking about their experiences!" - a recommendation shared at a Teaching Professor Technology Conference. Students learn new material by connecting it to what they already know. If a teacher gets a sense of that knowledge base (which often grows out of and rests on experience) it's a lot easier to make good connections between what students know and what they need to learn. You may be surprised by what they believe and think they know.

Published Date: January 28, 2015


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