Reflection assignments to better connect with students

18 June 2020

At the end of spring term, I invited faculty to share their experiences with online teaching, what had been challenging, and what had worked well. One of the challenges that…

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Using metacognitive activities to help students learn

1 May 2020

In the current term, with classes being online and grading being mandatory S/Cr/NC, some students are struggling to stay engaged and motivated. Under such circumstances, how do you help students…

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A glimpse into a teaching circle

31 January 2020

Kim Huynh (Chemistry), Andrea Mazzariello (Music), Ryan Terrien (Physics & Astronomy), and Paul Petzschmann (European Studies) participated in a teaching circle this past fall. They created a podcast that provides a glimpse into their experience.

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Feedback and assessment in collaborative projects with students

30 October 2019

Last week, Matt Whited (chemistry), Susannah Ottaway (history), and Ellen Iverson and Kristin O’Connell (both of SERC) presented at an engaging LTC session that explored strategies for communicating expectations, assessing…

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Feelings of learning in active learning versus lecture settings

20 September 2019

Earlier this month, the article “Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom,” in PNAS, garnered a lot of buzz. In a…

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Helping students engage with course readings

5 October 2018

I have heard quite a few faculty thinking about how to help students engage with readings for their courses. In some cases, students don’t have any reading strategy, or perhaps…

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Teaching toolbox: Creating a constructive “error climate” in the classroom

7 April 2018

This past Tuesday’s LTC lunch discussion focused on how to help students move beyond thinking of mistakes as something to be avoided and instead think of mistakes as an important part…

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Teaching toolbox: Habits and skills of civil discourse

10 January 2018

Yesterday we kicked off the term with an LTC teaching toolbox lunch discussing approaches to promoting the habits and skills of civil discourse. As a basis for our discussion, we…

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Small course modifications that can help all students succeed

27 August 2017

With the start of the new academic year nearly upon us, here are some relatively low stakes ways to help all students succeed in your courses. What approaches will you…

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Teaching low-income and first-generation college students

31 March 2017

The longer I’ve been at Carleton the more opportunities I’ve had to interact with the TRIO/SSS program and students. I enjoy getting to know the TRIO students, and I continue…

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