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"Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much by just sitting in class listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn a part of themselves."

Chickering, A and Gamson, Z. F. (March 1987) "Seven Principles for Good Practice." AAHE Bulletin 39: 3-7.

Each week we send out two short articles, via email, full of practical ideas and strategies you can apply to your teaching right away. Email Faculty Development to sign up for one or both.*

Teaching Essentials: For teachers who are new to the Academy and/or new to teaching.

Refining Your Teaching: For veteran Academy faculty who want to hone and expand their teaching tools. 

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Fall 2014 Teaching Tips
Teaching Essentials Week 0 Help Students Develop a Network of Peers
Teaching Essentials Week 1 Make a Plan for Each Class
Teaching Essentials Week 2 Let Students Know Exactly What You Expect
Teaching Essentials Week 3 Keep Students on Task and Off Social Media
Teaching Essentials Week 4 Grade What You Teach; Teach What You Grade
Teaching Essentials Week 5 Give Lots of Ungraded Feedback
Teaching Essentials Week 6 Create Reasons for Arriving On Time
Teaching Essentials Week 7 Shift the Ratio of "Teacher Talk" to "Student Talk"
Teaching Essentials Week 8 Get Extra Help for Students
Teaching Essentials Week 9 Step Out What You Expect During a Critique
Teaching Essentials Week 10 Put Grades in a Professional Context
Teaching Essentials Week 11 Be Honest With Students Who May Not Be Able to Pass
Teaching Essentials Week 12 Map Out the Rest of the Semester
Teaching Essentials Week 13 Keep Students on Track to Complete Their Final Projects
Teaching Essentials Week 14 Last Day Activity
Teaching Essentials Week 15 Keep in Touch During the Break
Refining Your Teaching Week 0 Feedforward
Refining Your Teaching Week 1 Linking Assignments to Course Outcomes
Refining Your Teaching Week 2 Learning from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Refining Your Teaching Week 3 Stronger Information Integration with Visualization Tools
Refining Your Teaching Week 4 Using KWL for KnoWLedge
Refining Your Teaching Week 5 Big Questions
Refining Your Teaching Week 6 Teaching to All Students
Refining Your Teaching Week 7 Who's Working Harder
Refining Your Teaching Week 8 Bridging Disconnect: From research to the final project
Refining Your Teaching Week 9 Mindfulness: A Key Skill in a Budding Creative’s Toolbox
Refining Your Teaching Week 10 Collaborative Critique
Refining Your Teaching Week 11 Listening to Students
Refining Your Teaching Week 12 Looping Back
Refining Your Teaching Week 13 What the Best College Teachers Ask Themselves
Refining Your Teaching Week 14 Acknowledging Controversial Current Events in the Classroom
Refining Your Teaching Week 15 Meaningful and Efficient Feedback: 4 Steps Away
Summer 2014 Teaching Tips
Refining Your Teaching Week 1 Managing the Fast Pace of Summer
Refining Your Teaching Week 2 Streamline, Stay on Task and on Topic
Refining Your Teaching Week 3 Avoiding Grade Disputes
Refining Your Teaching Week 4 Checking in with Your Students
Refining Your Teaching Week 5 Making the Most of Alternative Activities
Refining Your Teaching Week 6 Teaching to All Students
Refining Your Teaching Week 7 Grand Central Station for Teaching Resources
Refining Your Teaching Week 8 The Last Class: A Bridge to What Follows
Spring 2014 Teaching Tips
Teaching Essentials Week 0 Help Students Develop a Network of Peers
Teaching Essentials Week 1 Make a Plan for Each Class
Teaching Essentials Week 2 Let Students Know Exactly What You Expect
Teaching Essentials Week 3 Keep Students on Task and Off Social Media
Teaching Essentials Week 4 Grade What You Teach; Teach What You Grade
Teaching Essentials Week 5 Give Lots of Ungraded Feedback
Teaching Essentials Week 6 Create Reasons for Arriving On Time
Teaching Essentials Week 7 Shift the Ratio of "Teacher Talk" to "Student Talk"
Teaching Essentials Week 8 Get Extra Help for Students
Teaching Essentials Week 9 Step Out What You Expect During a Critique
Teaching Essentials Week 10 Put Grades in a Professional Context
Teaching Essentials Week 11 Be Honest With Students Who May Not Be Able to Pass
Teaching Essentials Week 12 Map Out the Rest of the Semester
Teaching Essentials Week 13 Keep Students on Track to Complete Their Final Projects
Teaching Essentials Week 14 Last Day Activity
Teaching Essentials Week 15 Keep in Touch During the Break
Refining Your Teaching Week 0 Feedforward
Refining Your Teaching Week 1 Linking Assignments to Course Outcomes
Refining Your Teaching Week 2 Writing Clear Assignments
Refining Your Teaching Week 3 Embracing Mistakes vs. Grading Mistakes
Refining Your Teaching Week 4 Team Teaching—Staying on Task & Not Stepping on Each Other’s Toes
Refining Your Teaching Week 5 Mindfulness as a Key Skill in a Budding Creative’s Toolbox
Refining Your Teaching Week 6 Focusing On Process
Refining Your Teaching Week 7 Designing Assessment to Yield Good Learning
Refining Your Teaching Week 8 Learning from Mistakes: Two-Stage Assessment
Refining Your Teaching Week 9 Classroom Authority: Striking a Balance
Refining Your Teaching Week 10 Engaging Students to Learn During Lectures and Demos
Refining Your Teaching Week 11 Setting Up Groups for Maximum Success
Refining Your Teaching Week 12 Motivating Students to Up Their Game
Refining Your Teaching Week 13 Get All Students Involved in Class Discussions
Refining Your Teaching Week 14 Five-Minute Check In
Refining Your Teaching Week 15 End of Semester Checklist
Fall 2013 Teaching Tips
Teaching Essentials Week 0 Help Students Develop a Network of Peers
Teaching Essentials Week 1 Make a Plan for Each Class
Teaching Essentials Week 2 Let Students Know Exactly What You Expect
Teaching Essentials Week 3 Keep Students on Task and Off Social Media
Teaching Essentials Week 4 Grade What You Teach; Teach What You Grade
Teaching Essentials Week 5 Give Lots of Ungraded Feedback
Teaching Essentials Week 6 Create Reasons for Arriving On Time
Teaching Essentials Week 7 Shift the Ratio of "Teacher Talk" to "Student Talk"
Teaching Essentials Week 8 Get Extra Help for Students
Teaching Essentials Week 9 Step Out What You Expect During a Critique
Teaching Essentials Week 10 Put Grades in a Professional Context
Teaching Essentials Week 11 Be Honest With Students Who May Not Be Able to Pass
Teaching Essentials Week 12 Map Out the Rest of the Semester
Teaching Essentials Week 13 Keep Students on Track to Complete Their Final Projects
Teaching Essentials Week 14 Last Day Activity
Teaching Essentials Week 15 Keep in Touch During the Break
Refining Your Teaching Week 0 Beyond Words: Rethinking Your Presentation
Refining Your Teaching Week 1 How Do You Prepare to Teach?
Refining Your Teaching Week 2 Support Solid Comprehension from the Start
Refining Your Teaching Week 3 Connecting with Students Early
Refining Your Teaching Week 4 "I learn as much from my students as my students are learning from me."
Refining Your Teaching Week 5 Learning Through Transfer
Refining Your Teaching Week 6 Too Many Grammar Errors
Refining Your Teaching Week 7 Lecture and Demos Revisited
Refining Your Teaching Week 8 Checking in with Students: How Am I Doing?
Refining Your Teaching Week 9 Purpose, Not Power
Refining Your Teaching Week 10 Listening to Students
Refining Your Teaching Week 11 Getting Student Buy-in on Participation Grades
Refining Your Teaching Week 12 Looping Back: Strengthening Connections in the Brain
Refining Your Teaching Week 13 Feedforward
Refining Your Teaching Week 14 Avoiding Grade Inflation
Refining Your Teaching Week 15 A Time for Student Reflection
Summer 2013 Teaching Tips
Refining Your Teaching Week 1 Preparing Students to Learn Twice as Fast in Summer
Refining Your Teaching Week 2 Streamline, Stay on Task and on Topic
Refining Your Teaching Week 3 Asking Engaging Questions
Refining Your Teaching Week 4 Checking In With Your Students
Refining Your Teaching Week 5 Incorporating & Making the Most of Alternative Activities
Refining Your Teaching Week 6 No Apologies
Refining Your Teaching Week 7 Grand Central Station for Teaching Resources
Refining Your Teaching Week 8 The Last Class: A Bridge to What Follows
Spring 2013 Teaching Tips
Teaching Essentials Week 0 Help Students Develop a Network of Peers
Teaching Essentials Week 1 Make a Plan for Each Class
Teaching Essentials Week 2 Let Students Know Exactly What You Expect
Teaching Essentials Week 3 Keep Students on Task and Off Social Media
Teaching Essentials Week 4 Grade What You Teach; Teach What You Grade
Teaching Essentials Week 5 Give Lots of Ungraded Feedback
Teaching Essentials Week 6 Create Reasons for Arriving On Time
Teaching Essentials Week 7 Shift the Ratio of "Teacher Talk" to "Student Talk"
Teaching Essentials Week 8 Get Extra Help for Students
Teaching Essentials Week 9 Step Out What You Expect During a Critique
Teaching Essentials Week 10 Put Grades in a Professional Context
Teaching Essentials Week 11 Be Honest With Students Who May Not Be Able to Pass
Teaching Essentials Week 12 Map Out the Rest of the Semester
Teaching Essentials Week 13 Keep Students on Track to Complete Their Final Projects
Teaching Essentials Week 14 Last Day Activity
Teaching Essentials Week 15 Keep in Touch During the Break
Refining Your Teaching Using Metaphors to Teach
Refining Your Teaching  Week 1 Establishing Your Teacher Presence
Refining Your Teaching  Week 2 Learning from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Refining Your Teaching  Week 3 Stronger information integration with visualization tools
Refining Your Teaching  Week 4 Problem Finding as Part of the Creative Process
Refining Your Teaching  Week 5 Diving for Pearls
Refining Your Teaching  Week 6 Managing Peer Feedback to Keep Students on Track
Refining Your Teaching  Week 7 Unpacking the Superball of Professional Knowledge
Refining Your Teaching  Week 8 Stereotypes: Storytelling Devices or Cultural Missteps
Refining Your Teaching  Week 9 Helping Students (and Ourselves) Make Effective Use of Time
Refining Your Teaching  Week 10 Turn it Over: Giving Students more Responsibility
Refining Your Teaching  Week 11 Plagiarism Is Not Always What We Think
Refining Your Teaching  Week 12 Becoming a Professional Through Language
Refining Your Teaching  Week 13 Reverse-Engineering the “Aha!” Moment
Refining Your Teaching  Week 14 Checklist for the End of the Semester