Week 7 Teaching Tips

Welcome to Week 7!  If you make it through this week, you get rewarded with a short teaching week next week.

During the Opening Days all-faculty session, some of you shared teaching tips, and we received a lot of positive response to this activity.  This was one reason we resumed these emails, and we want to extend this by giving you an opportunity to more share tips with other faculty.  So, we have a form to do that!  We will collect these tips then add them to our weekly emails.

If you are looking for ways to get your students to get into groups to interact with other students, try some of these ideas:

  1. Pass out playing cards then have students form pairs or groups with the same suit, different suit, same color, different color, same number.  You can also use these to call on subsets of students (“I want to hear from someone with a heart card.”)  You can have students keep the same card for the whole semester, you can pass them out as needed, or you can have students pick up a card as they enter the room.
  2. Use slips of (scrap) different colored paper to get students get in groups with the same or different colors.
  3. Photocopy handouts on different colored paper then have students get in groups with the same or different colors.  This works really well if you are doing jigsaw activities with different sets of resources (where students would form a small group with students with the same color copy then form a group with one of each color).  For more on jigsaws, see these links:http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/coursedesign/tutorial/jigsaw.html or http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/jigsaws/index.html
  4. Count off by however many groups you want to have.  To mix it up, do this in various languages.
  5. Have students line up then have them count off by however many groups you want to have.  You can use various prompts for lining students up as a way for to get to know one another (e.g., number of languages spoken, number of countries/states visited/lived in, number of children and grandchildren, distance traveled to school, semesters of post-high school education)

Looking for more teaching tips and other faculty resources?  Check out this web site from Magna Publications: http://www.facultyfocus.com/.

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