Best Teaching Practices

Best Practices

The words "best practices" written on a chalkboard

 

“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.

A Teaching Mindset for the Moment

Poster: "Keep Calm and Teach On"

 

A. "Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment" (post) suggests some key teaching-related points that are helpful for "the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time."

1. While the current  teaching situation may seem overwhelming from time to time, this past week working with instructors has truly shown me the truth of a line from this post: 

  • "[T]here were many fantastic, highly creative teachers providing strategies as fast as the obstacles appeared."

2. The post outlines 6 "crucial emotional and psychological scaffolds ... needed to teach in this new paradigm."

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