Category Archives: Teaching Reflections

February 27 Newsletter

The Vocabulary Crisis: How to Fix It Our students’ vocabularies inform both who they are and who they can be. Evidence suggests, however, that our students are reading less, hearing less conversation, and bringing a smaller vocabulary to college.1 Most … Continue reading

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February 13, 2018 Newsletter

Smart Phone Teaching I have always wanted my Introduction to Kinesiology students to experience firsthand how someone in my field would perform a particular skill in the real world. This presents an interesting and fun challenge. Last semester I was looking for ways to … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: December 4, 2017

Teaching Reflection: Expert Eyes and Outside Ears “I’ve been a surgeon for eight years,” writes Atul Gawande. “For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating room has reached a plateau. I’d like to think it’s a good thing–I’ve … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: November 7, 2017

Teaching Reflection: It’s Not about Cell Phones For years, I tried to find a way to reduce classroom cell phone use without increasing resentment. Like nearly all my best ideas, I stole this one from someone else. Here, most of … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: October 26, 2017

WWKD? Here’s a report from the CTL “Teaching Unprepared Students” workshops, held September 27 and 28. In each workshop, we discussed three scenarios from this year’s Common Reading Experience book, Make Your Home among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet. We then asked: If Kathleen Gabriel, … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: October 10, 2017

Small Tweaks As I was reading a book about easy ways to reinforce learning in the classroom, Faculty Focus sent me an article on the same topic. I’m taking this as a sign that I should share a few of … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: September 26, 2017

Things I Learned about Teaching by Spending Time outside of the Classroom: Part 3 As I approached my sabbatical semester I dreamed of long days of productive research, hours of uninterrupted and concentrated writing, and submissions to peer reviewed journals. I planned … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: September 12, 2017

Things I Learned about Teaching by Spending Time outside of the Classroom: Part 2 During my recent sabbatical leave, I participated in several transformative educational experiences that have changed how I think about my teaching. I learned from incarcerated trainers … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: August 16, 2017

“The first week of classes may be one of the most important weeks,” says Kathleen Gabriel. “It is during this time that we set the tone and climate for our courses. . . . Starting off on the right foot during … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: April 18, 2017

What to do when the teacher gets stereotyped, and the teacher is us? In their article “Contending with Stereotype Threat at Work,” Caryn J. Block et al. review what we often do. We often fend it off. We overcompensate and work harder. We blame … Continue reading

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