Best Teaching Practices

Best Practices

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“Best practices” connect relevant educational research to in-course application to help instructors do the following:

  • Inject rigour into the curriculum and its presentation
  • Develop students’ thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Motivate, engage, and prompt students to learn

While the entire “Resources” section of the site addresses “best practices” for university-level teaching, this section covers other important but more “miscellaneous” issues not found under the specific topics listed in the left column.

Cultivating Critical Thinking (with Helpful Rubrics)

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"Critical Thinking: Facilitating and Assessing the 21st Century Skills in Education" (post) outlines the following:

  • 10 reasons to promote student critical in the classroom
  • 10 ways to facilitate such thinking
  • 10 "I can" statements to clarify specific aspects of the critical-thinking process for students.
  • 7 seven resources to help with assessment and facilitation of critical thinking

1. Ten Benefits of Encouraging Critical Thinking in the Classroom

Better Listening

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A. "Take These 13 Actionable Steps to Become a Better Active Listener" (post) "explain[s] some actionable steps [instructors] can take to improve their active listening abilities, both in and out of the [classroom]."

1. "[A]ctive listening ... is truly hearing, processing and addressing what another person is telling you."

  • It "can change how your [class] sees you as well as help you to learn from their viewpoints."

2. See also

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