Teaching Strategy Resource Shelf

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Published Date:February 26, 2015

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter. The first thing to acknowledge about diversity is that it can be difficult. Yet, the first thing to acknowledge is that good diversity, such as expertise, is beneficial, but even more so is social diversity, such as ethnicity, race, gender.  This article states that it is social diversity that promotes creativity, innovation, and higher cognitive action in our work environments and team projects. 

Published Date: February 26, 2015


The University of China at Illinois.

Published Date:February 26, 2015

The University of China at Illinois.  Did you know that UIUC has nearly 5000 students from China?  That’s more than any other U.S. University. Our Chinese students make up the largest group of international students on our campus, followed by South Korea and India.  Read this article from Inside Higher Ed, including interviews with Charles Tucker and Nicole Tami about how our students adapt.  To learn more about how to create a more supportive learning environment for a diverse student body, attend our Post Faculty Retreat Workshop Series (open to all graduate students and faculty).

Published Date: February 26, 2015


Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips

Published Date:February 12, 2015

Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips. “Whenever faculty get together to talk about student writing or critical thinking, they inevitably turn also to problems of student reading.” (Bean, 1996, p. 133). The first question is “Is a textbook necessary for this course?”  If so, there are strategies you can use to enhance the value of reading the text and assignments and activities to enhance the reading.

 

Published Date: February 12, 2015


Reading Circles Get Students to Do the Reading

Published Date:February 12, 2015

Reading Circles Get Students to Do the Reading. Eric Hobson reports that on any given day and for any given assignment, 20 to 30 percent of the students have done the reading. When students don’t do the reading, they hear about the text, but they do not actually experience it or do anything that develops their reading skills. When students are placed in reading circles, with a rubric and assigned roles, they improve their reading skills, their self-confidence, and ability to express their ideas.

Published Date: February 12, 2015


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