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.

6 Questions for Innovative Teaching with Technology

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"6 Essential Questions that Will Help You Create Quality Teaching" (web page) interrogatively proposes clearly assessable standards for "what we think of as innovative teaching in regards to technology."

  • "Called 'The Transformational Six,' these essential questions ... can serve as one powerful set of standards for creating quality teaching":

1. "Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?"

13 Questions for Essential Questions

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"A Baker's Dozen -- 13 Questions to Help You Determine if Yours are Essential Questions" (part of a web page) presents a series of yes/no questions to help you differentiate your essential from your non-essential questions.

  • See "Essential Questions 101" for the seven defining characteristics of a good essential question and lists of sample essential questions.

The 13 (actually 15) questions for your questions:

Essential Questions 101

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A. "Essential Questions" (book chapter online) outlines the difference between essential and non-essential questions (with examples), lists 7 defining characteristics of a good essential question, and defines four types of common classroom questions (with a chart of examples).

1. Seven Defining Characteristics of a Good Essential Question

Critical Thinking Cheatsheet

"The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]" (web page) presents 48 "thought-provoking questions to get [discussion] going."

  • "Whenever your students discover or talk about new information, encourage them to use these questions for sparking debate and the sharing of opinions and insights among each other."
  • "Together they can work at building critical thinking skills in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere."
Presents 8 general starter questions under each of the following categories: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How