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 Tips for More Effective Lecturing

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A. "Giving a Speech? 6 Tips to Wow Your Audience" (post) offers six useful public-speaking tips to improve student engagement during lectures.

1. "Talk to your audience's self-interest."

  • "[A]nswe[r] the question, 'Why should they care?'"
  • "Start with the biggest benefit to them ... [o]r vividly describe a problem you know they have, and then explain how you can help solve it."
  • "You’ll know you’ve hit a bull’s-eye 'when you see people nodding.'"

2. "Describe a conflict."

What Your Brain Wants ...

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"6 Simple Ways to Use Neuroscience to Improve Your Day" (post) lists six learning strategies that "your brain wants," each of which has immediate application for effective instruction. 

  • The six categories come from the article.
  • The suggested learning strategies are drawn from and linked to Teaching Commons resources.

A. Rationale

  • "Brains have an attention filter that helps us find patterns in the information we see and hear."

  • "This helps us know what to pay attention to and what we can safely ignore."

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