Teaching Strategy Resource Shelf

Providing Timely and Frequent Feedback

Published Date:October 9, 2014

Providing Timely and Frequent Feedback. If students are to benefit from feedback, it must not only be timely and frequent, but also useful for improving performance by addressing three areas: what students did well, what students need to improve on, and how to make this improvement. Although giving detailed feedback is important, it may be even more important to give it in a timely manner. Click here to read about helpful types of feedback.

Published Date: October 9, 2014


Have you done your Informal Early Feedback (IEF)?

Published Date:September 25, 2014

Have you done your Informal Early Feedback (IEF)? Using informal early feedback (IEF) can help you learn about what is working and what is not working in your class at a time when you can make mid-course corrections. Late-September to mid-October is a great time to collect this feedback from your students.  Additional information and samples are on our website.

Published Date: September 25, 2014


I Was Inspired by a Teaching Workshop, But Now What Do I Do?

Published Date:September 25, 2014

I Was Inspired by a Teaching Workshop, But Now What Do I Do?  This month, there are many workshops offered to help you learn new strategies and teaching approaches. Before implementing these new teaching techniques, keep in mind these helpful words of wisdom: be strategic about which techniques to implement, explain the techniques to your students, start with small, incremental steps. Here is more advice.  And, of course, you can always contact CITL (citl-info@illinois.edu).

Published Date: September 25, 2014


Getting Students to Read: Important Considerations

Published Date:September 11, 2014

Getting Students to Read: Important Considerations. “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).  Think carefully about why and how you assign required readings. You can reduce your own and your students’ frustrations by thinking about these important ways to incorporate readings into your course. Click here to read the IDEA article.

Published Date: September 11, 2014


Ten Rules of Good (and Bad) Studying

Published Date:September 10, 2014

Ten Rules of Good (and Bad) Studying.  Students may not be aware that they are using some unhelpful strategies when they are studying. Think about sharing with your students strategies such as explanatory questioning and simple analogies to help them more deeply encode what they are learning. Click here for a list of helpful studying strategies.

Published Date: September 10, 2014


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