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.

40+ Activities to Engage Students at the Start of Class

Decorative: An "Entry" sign

 

A. "Engage Learners with Bell-Ringer Activities" (post) introduces a variety of warm-up or "entry ticket" activities, "simple 5- to 10-minute task[s] students complete as soon as they walk into class, allowing the [instructor] time to attend to other business (such as taking attendance)."

  • The text elaborates a variety of prompts and activities and lists helpful tips. 

1. Purpose

a. "The main purpose of a bell ringer is to help teachers and students prepare for the upcoming lesson."

b. "To design a bell ringer':

Cultivating Critical Thinking (with Helpful Rubrics)

Decorative: A word cloud on the theme "critical thinking"

 

"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

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