Best Teaching Practices

Post-Its for Participation in Discussions

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"Silence and Structure in the Classroom: From Seminar to Town Meeting via Post-Its" (post) outlines a simple strategy for in-class discussions that addresses the students' often "lack of inherent motivation" and "ensure[s] everyone's participation."

A. The only prop needed is a pack of Post-Its.

Post-Its are used to ...

  • Signal student participation (and allow simple awarding of participation marks).
  • "[P]ovide a structure that is subtle enough to allow the freedom necessary for students to determine the nature of their own contribution to class."

Effective Teaching Behaviors

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"Effective Teaching Behaviors" (post) outlines eight "research-based teaching behaviors or presentation techniques have been found to be effective for all students at all levels."

1. Teach for Understanding Rather Than Exposure 

a. "[R]educe textbook information to a few areas of critical understanding and design and present instruction around big ideas."

b. "[A]sk ... questions such as" the following:

Peer-Assisted Learning

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"Peer-Assisted Learning" (post) outlines a strategy of "recirprocal peer tutoring" in which students are paired to "creat[e] tests for each other, administe[r] and scor[e] them, discus[s] the outcomes, and coac[h] their partners."

  • "Peer tutoring is 'learning by teaching' and is a deliberate development on the notion that 'to teach is to learn twice.'"

1. Benefits

Exploring Indigenous Education: A Video Series

A. "Exploring Aboriginal Education: Susan Dion" is a 2013 series from The Learning Exchange that "gives a straightforward account of the historical perspective educators need to think about as they work collaboratively to support Aboriginal education."

  • "She speaks of the need to be co-learners who approach their participation from a position of respect for Aboriginal world views."
  • Though directed at a younger demographic than ours, the videos make excellent points for all instructors.

B. The Videos

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