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.

Critical Thinking: The Believing & Doubting Game

Decorative: "Belief" and "Doubt" written on two street signs as at a corner


A. "Build Critical Thinking Skills with Believing and Doubting Games" (post) outlines "[o]ne excellent way to help students stretch their critical thinking muscles – regarding specific texts or general topics ... the believing game and the doubting game."

  • "[B]y using methodological doubt and methodological belief, students are encouraged to either believe or doubt an idea or text systematically, with discipline and conscious effort."

1. How the Believing and Doubting Games Work

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