Teaching Tips

This regularly updated feature provides valuable suggestions for improving your students’ learning through a variety of fresh and usable teaching approaches. Each tip includes select references and resources if you wish to explore a topic further.

Found Metaphors: A strategy of applied creative thinking

Found Metaphors: A strategy of applied creative thinking

Metaphors can improve students’ capability to think creatively.

English professors have found different ways to use poetry and metaphors to unlock students’ creative minds. Using metaphors to stimulate creativity is being implemented in experiments that the students are participating in.



Peer and Self-Evaluation of Participation in Discussion

Peer and Self-Evaluation of Participation in Discussion

Some helpful way to improve in-class or online groups discussions

We often focus on presentation skills as oral communication skills, but students more frequently need to either lead or contribute to productive group discussions. Small group discussions can easily go off the rails when students indulge in off-topic talking, inadequate listening, and disrespectful behavior. The dynamic quality of class discussion presents challenges to faculty who would like to hold students accountable for the quality of their participation in these discussions.



Daily Quotes

Daily Quotes

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” -- Winston Churchill

There can be several benefits to beginning class with an approrpiately chosen daily quote...



Active Listening: Small group activity

Active Listening: Small group activity

Listening is an important life-long learning skill...

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
--Ernest Hemingway



Concept Mapping

Concept Mapping

Learn how concept mapping can help your students learn...

(Based on Best tools and practices for concept mapping, which contains additional details and resources)



Rubrics: Our best friends

Rubrics: Our best friends

"Rubrics are our best friend."

Rubrics are a great way to communicate expectations to students and they can help make assessment more consistent and meaningful.