The Precious First Day of Class

by Lisa Sheldon
August 27, 2015

Much has been written about the first day of class and its power set the tone for an entire semester. The potential of this day is both mythic and magical. The first feelings we create about our course, ourselves and the classroom community leaves a deep impression on students. Faculty performance on the first day […]

Stimulating Discussions

by Lisa Sheldon
December 1, 2014
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Let’s Discuss Class Discussions Whether we teach online or in-person, we know the value that stimulating classroom discussions can have on student learning. It is an opportunity for students to practice concepts, get clarification and apply new ideas. Getting discussions started and maintaining momentum can be a challenge. We might also have a core group […]

The end of another academic year!

by Lisa Sheldon
May 12, 2014

Here we are in the last week of classes and starting final exams. While it is easy to let off the accelerator a little bit, this is the time to put all our efforts into the final lap around the track. Role model the behaviors and attitudes that you want to see from your students–help […]

Pedagogy and Andragogy

Pedagogy/Critical Pedagogy: Many instructors seek strong pedagogical/theory-driven teaching and instructional approaches that show students are learning and that they can demonstrate the essential course objectives. Perhaps an additional goal is to create a culturally-responsive atmosphere for learners where they feel welcomed and included in decision making and the learning process as a whole.  Additionally, students […]