First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

First Day of School for Josh and Molly Young -- circa 2001

First Day of School for Josh and Molly Young — circa 2001

Today I am re-tweeting another timely, practical, and succinct Faculty Focus article by Maryellen Weimer.  Below are a few of the tips shared in the article.  Click on the link above if any of these pique your interest.  Also, please share any of your favorite “first day” activities in the REPLY section below on the blog page.

  • Syllabus Speed Dating
  • Best and Worst Classes
  • First Day Graffiti
  • Irritating Behaviors: Theirs and Ours

Happy teaching and learning for the new semester!

Wikipedia: To cite or not to cite?

Wikipedia LogoDo you allow Wikipedia as a source in your courses?

I am going to take the “Fox News” approach…I will report and you will decide!  Below are links to two well-reasoned opinions from an academic perspective.  After reading these articles, what do you think about “crowd-sourced” knowledge?  Do you allow Wikipedia citations in your student’s papers?  Why or why not?  Please discuss in the blog’s comments section.

You never know who is behind those Wikipedia edits!

You never know who is behind those Wikipedia edits!

Test Prep: Getting Your Students to Examine Their Approach

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Test Prep: Getting Your Students to Examine Their Approach

‘Tis the season for testing!  It is also a good opportunity to challenge our students to modify their methods if they are not getting the results they want.  I am hoping that you can glean something helpful from the timely article referenced above from Faculty Focus.  However, my main objective is to make sure you are aware of this great resource.  The Faculty Focus eNewsletter provides relevant, yet brief and frequent articles.  Their approach is rooted in good pedagogy and a desire to share, “effective teaching strategies for the college classroom.”  It is produced by peers; university faculty that are practicing classroom teachers and who are passionate about evidence-based, teaching and learning strategies.

I have taken advice from their newsletter articles more than once to use in my own courses.  Make Faculty Focus one of the home tabs on your browser; it is one of mine!