We’ve all seen it: when we return from spring break, fewer students are sitting in our classrooms. Those who are there are listless; it’s as if they’ve lost their motivation and focus. What’s an instructor to do? At the February Friday Forum, we discussed this very question: how can we keep students engaged for those last… Continue Reading How Do We Keep Students Engaged after Break?
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Yesterday in my ENG 99 class, students at two tables were swapping Snapchat names so they could start Snapchatting each other. Another table saw them, and said, laughingly, “You guys are just doing that now? Our table did that the first week!” It was completely heartwarming. My students are friends–inside of class for sure, but… Continue Reading Creating a Sense of Belonging for Students
The podcast ” In The Classroom, Common Ground Can Transform GPAs” on Hidden Brain with host Shankar Vedantam, we begin to see the tremendous benefit of connecting with your students – finding common ground. Of course, we already know that connecting with your students is important. But new research shows just how much difference a teacher/mentor… Continue Reading Students & Teachers
Recently a group of pre-service teachers asked me, “Why do we have to learn this?” It was an honest question about digital citizenship and its relationship to our curriculum. At the moment I gave a fairly general response about how much the w… Continue Reading Four reasons to teach students about digital citizenship: Why do we have to learn this?
Watching the digital dashboard after enrollment opens is especially gratifying when the numbers are ahead of last year. Take today for example, we are 565 students ahead for spring enrollment than we were on the comparable date in 2015. Comparing enrollment with the same date (yes, these are different dates) we are still 103 students… Continue Reading The Double-Edged Sword