Teaching Today's Students, Tips on Teaching

Student Engagement Technique: Liven Up Class Discussions with the IF-AT Form

By Elizabeth Sweeny Block, Assistant Professor, Department of Theological Studies Have you ever posed a question to your students only to be met with blank stares and silence?  Have you wondered how you could better facilitate discussion in class?  Have you wished that you could motivate your students to participate in class conversations?  The IF-AT… Continue reading Student Engagement Technique: Liven Up Class Discussions with the IF-AT Form

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Students’ Perspectives on the Meaning of Course Relevance

by Kelly McEnerny, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Imagine attending a course that seemed not to relate to your goals and showed little compatibility with your interests. For anyone who can remember furtively glancing at the clock in the back of the classroom, this exercise should be easy. Your experience would likely have involved some lack… Continue reading Students’ Perspectives on the Meaning of Course Relevance

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Power Over or Power To?

Has the balance of power changed in classrooms full of millennial students? Jennifer Waldeck, in a short article in The Teaching Professor*, “Reflections on Teacher Power in the Contemporary Classroom,” argues that current student behaviors challenge “traditional assumptions” about the power teachers have to influence students.  She lists conventional ways of influencing students: Using “rewards”… Continue reading Power Over or Power To?

Teaching Today's Students, Teaching with Technology, Tips on Teaching

What’s on our minds: How current events can help inform our approach to teaching and serving students

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center With the recent events in Ferguson, many educators have been looking to find useful resources to help teach about race, racism, inequality, and justice. In response, Marcia Chatelain, a historian of African-American life and culture at Georgetown University, created the Twitter hashtag, #Fergusonsyllabus. Since the hashtag's creation, there… Continue reading What’s on our minds: How current events can help inform our approach to teaching and serving students

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Context Matters: Understanding Today’s Students and the Implications for Teaching

If we kept a running total of words we use in the Reinert Center, “context” would without a doubt be near the top of the list.  It appears early in conversations with the teachers we work with, through questions such as: “So tell me about your course. Who are your students? What can they typically… Continue reading Context Matters: Understanding Today’s Students and the Implications for Teaching

Teaching Today's Students, Tips on Teaching

Using the Pomodoro Technique to Help You and Your Students Be More Productive

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The Pomodoro Technique can be a useful approach to help dedicate time and energy to a specific task.  Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s, the technique has become a popular method to set goals, boost productivity, and improve concentration. Named after Cirillo’s tomato shaped timer, the technique… Continue reading Using the Pomodoro Technique to Help You and Your Students Be More Productive

Engaging All Learners, Reviews, Teaching Today's Students

Fostering Self-Regulated Learning

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center So many of our frustrations with “today’s students” stem from their not-yet-well-developed ability to function as self-regulated learners.  We could debate the reasons – cultural, generational, developmental – why many undergraduates have not yet cultivated a strong sense of self-regulation in their approach to education, but it may be… Continue reading Fostering Self-Regulated Learning