Category: In the Classroom

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Using Online Polls to Promote Active Learning and Student Engagement

“Technology doesn’t inherently improve learning; it merely makes possible effective pedagogy, and only when it is consonant with an instructor’s educational philosophy and beliefs and reinforced by other components of the total course” (Beatty, 2004, p. 08)   Have you ever introduced a new concept in your classroom and asked the students what they think …

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Cultivating Participation & Engagement

Students’ participation and engagement are key measures not only of motivation, but they also provide a way to formatively evaluate and summatively assess their learning. Facilitating participation and understanding engagement comes with some particular challenges in online/hybrid courses. This workshop will provide a space for participants to think through what participation can mean in an …

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Activating Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom

CUNY’s classrooms are famously diverse, a reality reflected in the vast number of languages spoken by undergraduate students. Have you thought about how this language diversity will impact your teaching, and specifically how they how language dynamics impact classroom communication? How do we as instructors (especially international students and non-native English speakers) address the politics …

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Teaching Labs and Pandemic STEM Teaching

COVID-19 has significantly altered the way we live, teach, and learn. For those of us in STEM fields, this often meant developing creative approaches to teaching labs effectively under socially distanced circumstances. You may be spending lots of time trying to develop effective teaching aids, including lecture sheets, adjusting your approaches from direct use of …

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Practicing Ritual as a Way to Build Community in the Classroom

The workshop I have organized, “Practicing Ritual as a Way to Build Community in the Classroom,” will highlight the usefulness of practicing ritual by engaging participants in reflective activities. Building community is more difficult during these times, and this workshop will highlight how ritual can deepen connection in the classroom and work to improve student …

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Incorporating Cultural Content in the Language Classroom

Many language instructors enter the classroom for the first time without knowledge of language acquisition principles. They are often asked to design their classes based on a textbook that doesn’t speak to students’ experiences and fails to appeal directly to them. New instructors often feel pressured to teach following a grammar-oriented approach that seems to …

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Expanding your Pedagogical Toolkit

Looking for new and creative instructional practices to enliven your classroom? Interested in learning new ways to structure your students’ engagement with course materials? Energetic class discussions can help connect emerging thinking to the reading students are doing. A supportive classroom community can reduce anxiety about learning, and create space for reflection and intellectual engagement. …

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