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Teaching Tip Archive

The Quick Hit Teaching Tip is emailed approximately once a month to all who are currently teaching for Fordham University. Those who are not teaching for Fordham during the current semester but who would like to receive the tip, please contact the CTE in order to be added to the distribution list.

More Efficient Paper Grading. Does the grading sometimes bury you? This book can help...

Golden Rules of Flipping a Classroom. Four succinct pieces of advice about flipping the classroom from “The Flipped Classroom Field Guide.”

The Value of Quizzes. Nothing says “do the reading” like regular quizzes. But we’ve also learned from the research that quizzes are useful for what may be surprising reasons.

Office Hours by Appointment (using Google Calendar's Appointment Slots). Appointment Slots are easy for you to set up in Google Calendar and easy for students to use when they want to schedule time with you.

Stereotype Threat and How to Reduce It. Stereotypes are insidious and can keep students from performing their best. How can we reduce the threat?

The End-of-a-Term Letter and Course Objectives. At the end of a term, have students write to future students. The same idea might help us when planning course revisions.

A Welcoming and Safe Classroom. How can we improve things in our classrooms for our LGBTQ students?

Using Meditation to Begin Class
. David Storey (Philosophy PhD, 2011) uses a minitue or two of meditation to begin each meeting to help students focus on class.

The Google Jockey and the "Seven Things You Should Know" Series
. Use a "Google Jockey" to focus attention in the classroom.

Other Kinds of Evaluation. Gather formative appraisals from your students during the term.

Motivating Students with Choices. The more autonomy students have in a course, the more motivated they are to work at it.

Flipping the Classroom. The flipped classroom described, some quick advice, and useful links.

Giving Students Metacognitive Help. Help students learn by helping them evaluate their own performances.

Taking Attendance in the Cloud. Use Google Docs to help keep track of the roll.

Retrospectives at the End of a Term. Using concept maps to help students organize what they've learned.

Teaching with Presentation Slides. Basics to keep in mind when using slides either for lecture or discussion.

Pushing Students a Little Harder. Go ahead. Give your students more work outside of class.

Ten-Minute Teaching Segments. Dividing classes into ten-minute chunks improves student attention.

Syllabus Disability Statement. Something we hope you'll include on each syllabus.

Keeping a Teaching Journal. Reflection helps students learn. It can help us be better teachers, too.

Writing as a Study Tool. Improve student reading with low-stakes writing assignments.

Writing Letters of Recommendation. An online resource for learning to write recommendations.

Sparking Discussions. Sometimes students need a warm-up and a frame.

First Days of Classes. Discuss the end of the term in detail.

Last Day of Classes. Do more than terminate a class. Conclude it.

Organizing Discussions. Say what we want from a discussion — besides participation.

Gathering Feedback. Discover what's going right or wrong with low-stress one-minute papers.

First Day. Spend considerable time on the "how and why" of a course.

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