Teaching Strategy Resource Shelf

101 Things to Do in the First Three Weeks of Class

Published Date:August 28, 2014

101 Things to Do in the First Three Weeks of Class. Want a successful start to the semester? How about setting expectations, learning students’ prior knowledge, motivating and engaging your students? Here are several strategies to implement right away. 

Published Date: August 28, 2014


The Three Most Time-Efficient Teaching Practices

Published Date:August 28, 2014

The Three Most Time-Efficient Teaching Practices As we start our semester, it is important to look at how effective and efficient we can be with our time.  Here are three suggestions from Linda Hodges (U. of Maryland, Baltimore Co.) on how to be more productive in our class preparation, while also promoting better student learning.  

Published Date: August 28, 2014


A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

Published Date:June 12, 2014

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop. This latest research by Mueller & Oppenheimer, reported in Scientific American, states that students who used longhand to take notes remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the materials.  Reasons for better understanding and learning were because students were engaged in listening, digesting, and summarizing as they took notes.  See the article here.

Published Date: June 12, 2014


What Faculty Can Do to Support Student Notetaking Skills

Published Date:June 12, 2014

What Faculty Can Do to Support Student Notetaking Skills. It is problematic when students take incomplete and/or inadequate notes, especially when the content is on essential, often complex material.  There are a number of strategies that the instructor can do during the lecture to enhance students’ notetaking.  Here are some of them from the U. of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.  

Published Date: June 12, 2014


The Final Class Sessions: Providing Closure

Published Date:May 2, 2014

The Final Class Sessions: Providing Closure. The end of the semester can be stressful for instructors as well as students. If you have a few minutes in this last session, take the opportunity for all to reflect about where the students started and how much they have learned. Here are some tips from the University of Minnesota. Click here to read the strategies.

Published Date: May 2, 2014


What Do You Do on the Last Day of Class?

Published Date:May 2, 2014

What Do You Do on the Last Day of Class?  Much of the literature on the last day of class notes three primary uses of this last class session: final examination preparation, completing course evaluations, and reflecting on the course. Given the importance of this last day it is worth just a bit of effort to think through the best use of your final minutes of the course.  Here are some thoughts from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Published Date: May 2, 2014