Teaching and Justice, Teaching Today's Students, Tips on Teaching

Bursting the Busywork Bubble

by Robert Cole, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Well, it’s that time of year. As we move closer to graduation we are administering and grading exams, final projects and presentations. We will also soon receive notification that our course evaluations are available. Course evaluations often provide an opportunity to take stock and identify if changes need… Continue reading Bursting the Busywork Bubble

Teaching and Justice, Teaching Today's Students

New Resource Guide

The Reinert Center has created a new Resource Guide to help faculty when drafting recommendation letters.  The guide offers a few framing thoughts as well as a strategies to help faculty work against implicit bias and stereotypes when writing letters for students. Avoiding Racial and Gender Bias When Writing Recommendation Letters Although the guide is… Continue reading New Resource Guide

Teaching Today's Students, Teaching with Technology

Teaching Strategies to help combat Zoom fatigue

by Christopher Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Using video platforms like Zoom has quickly become a standard way to connect with colleagues, friends, or family.  However, it is becoming apparent that video meetings can be both mentally and physically draining.  Often referred to as “Zoom fatigue,” these exhausting feelings can have an impact on our… Continue reading Teaching Strategies to help combat Zoom fatigue

Teaching and Justice, Tips on Teaching

Wise feedback to reduce stereotype threat and to support your classroom community

by Christopher Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Offering constructive feedback on student performance can offer important opportunities for social and intellectual development.  However, research has found that students do not always understand how teachers critique their work and may misconstrue comments as overly negative.  This misunderstanding can reinforce negative stereotypes and undermine teacher/student trust.  Wise… Continue reading Wise feedback to reduce stereotype threat and to support your classroom community

Teaching and Justice, Teaching with Technology, Tips on Teaching

Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning My disciplinary research and teaching area of expertise is in human rights and post-conflict transitions. Students in my classes are often exposed to genocides and mass killings, humanitarian crises, and child trafficking rings linked to conflict minerals. These topics, as well as the… Continue reading Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Inclusive Teaching

Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Resources for Getting Started

by Christopher Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center “The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify it and describe it–and then dismantle it.” –Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist (2019)   As a part of our ongoing commitment to providing equitable and inclusive educational structures for teaching and learning, the Reinert Center… Continue reading Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Resources for Getting Started

Instructional Continuity

Pandemic Lessons for Spring

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning Remote and now dual-mode teaching has forced many of us to change (and likely question) our teaching activities, tools, and strategies in the classroom. With the start of a new semester, I’d like to briefly reflect on our shared pandemic teaching experience and… Continue reading Pandemic Lessons for Spring