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Medaille, Ann; Usinger, Janet – College Teaching, 2019
Quiet students are sometimes misunderstood in the college classroom. Students may be quiet for reasons related to personality traits, learned behaviors, or situational factors, but regardless, their silences may be misinterpreted by their instructors as a lack of engagement in their courses. In fact, quiet students are often very engaged in the…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Student Behavior
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Bronkema, Ryan – College Teaching, 2018
As educators, we've all probably experienced presenting in new places and/or audiences, and having some sort of mishap. Therefore, as part of their professional preparation, we should prepare our students with realistic presentation practice, mishaps and all! Within this paper, I will outline a pedagogical tool that randomizes potential…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Student Projects, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
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Waggoner Denton, Ashley – College Teaching, 2018
This article presents some simple strategies that instructors can use to improve the quality of the feedback students provide each other during a peer review activity. Briefly, I recommend that emphasis be placed solely on the provision of constructive comments, and that in order to qualify as constructive, a comment must: (1) identify a specific…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Feedback (Response), Peer Evaluation, Teaching Methods
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Wiebel, Jon C.; Silva, Vesta T. – College Teaching, 2018
Students in colleges and universities need to be able to learn how to communicate effectively both within the specialized arenas of their chosen disciplines and, increasingly, with a wide variety of public and professional audiences. One way to accomplish this goal is to integrate the development of effective writing and speaking skills into both…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Feedback (Response), Rhetoric, Speech
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Ballock, Ellen – College Teaching, 2018
This paper highlights how the application of principles of formative assessment and a generous reading protocol changed my perspective on disappointing student work and led to course adjustments to positively impact student learning.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Teacher Response, Reading
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Price, Rebecca H. – College Teaching, 2017
Both undergraduate and graduate students face similar challenges when tasked with writing literature reviews. Breaking down the literature review into a four-part process helps students decrease frustration and increase quality. This article provides usable advice for anyone teaching or writing literature reviews. Tips and illustrations illuminate…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Guidelines, Teaching Methods, Writing Strategies
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Hoops, Leah D. – College Teaching, 2017
If you have ever found yourself asking, "Why don't students see the relevance in what I am teaching them?", you are not alone. I recently discovered that I had become out-of-touch with what college students find relevant. My purpose in writing this commentary is twofold: (1) to reflect on and improve my own practice, and (2) to encourage…
Descriptors: College Students, Teaching Experience, Relevance (Education), Teacher Effectiveness
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Davis, Doris Bitler – College Teaching, 2017
Postsecondary education has undergone dramatic changes in the past 30 years or so. When I began teaching at the college level in the mid-1980s I went to class clutching my scribbled notes and a piece of chalk. If I scheduled it well in advance, a few times each semester I could have someone wheel in an overhead or film projector. Students typed…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Tests, Retention (Psychology), Academic Achievement
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Medvedeva, Maria; Recuber, Timothy – College Teaching, 2016
An essay's motive or research problem consists of the rhetorical moves illuminating why that essay matters--what puzzling elements of a primary source it resolves, which contradictions in the data it explains, or what gaps in the literature it fills. This article invites college instructors to dedicate some of their classroom time to teaching…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, College English, Writing Skills, Writing (Composition)
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Smith, Bryant – College Teaching, 2015
Instructors often struggle to find the right balance of sternness and leniency with their students, especially in the beginning stages of their careers. An instructor who is too casual risks being overrun by students who do not take him or her seriously. The professor who is too strict might inadvertently thwart students' creativity and stifle…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Teaching Experience
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Peterson, Janine Larmon; Graham, Lea – College Teaching, 2015
Incorporating creative writing exercises in history courses can heighten students' critical reading and analytical skills in an active learning model. We identify and define two types of possible assignments that use model texts as their locus: centripetal, which focuses on specific context and disciplinary terms, and centrifugal, which address…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, History, History Instruction, Assignments
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Carroll, Ryall – College Teaching, 2014
In the past, Ryall Carroll struggled to get students to arrive on time, read the material in advance of the class, and to start class on topic. In an attempt to address these issues, he started implementing an extra-credit two-question quiz at the beginning of every class, hoping it would provide a small incentive for students to at least come on…
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Tests, Grades (Scholastic)
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Johnson, Stacey Margarita; Maiullo, Stephen; Trembley, Elizabeth; Werner, Courtney L.; Woolsey, Daniel – College Teaching, 2014
Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2013 is "selfie" (Oxford University Press, 2013). At its essence, the selfie is simply a digital self-portrait shared on the internet. As with all tech trends, the selfie suffers from much hype and even more criticism. In the authors' experiments with the medium, they have found that…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Internet, Educational Technology, College Students
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Bledsoe, T. Scott; Baskin, Janice J. – College Teaching, 2014
Understanding fear, its causes, and its impact on students can be important for educators who seek ways to help students manage their fears. This paper explores common types of student fears such as performance-based anxiety, fear of failure, fear of being laughed at, and cultural components of fear that impact learning. The cognitive, emotional,…
Descriptors: Fear, Anxiety, Classroom Environment, College Students
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Hodges, Linda C. – College Teaching, 2014
This article describes the subject of "grade inflation," a reference to educators giving higher grades to student work than their expectations for student achievement warrant. Of the many reasons why this practice happens, Hodges specifically discusses inflating grades as "a natural consequence" when the faculty really…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Grade Inflation, Scoring Rubrics
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