Category Archives: Teaching Methods

Some Quick Teaching Tips from SMU Award-Winning Professors

I am always working to improve myself as a teacher. I think about how I can more clearly convey information to my students, motivate them, push them to think harder and more carefully, make class more fun and memorable, and … Continue reading

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The Value of Note-taking: Laptop versus Ink?

Do you ever ask yourself why you have students take notes in class? Do you plan out what you hope they will write and then how they will use these notes later? Obviously we want our students to learn material … Continue reading

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47 Down. Effectiveness of crosswords as review vehicles (2 wds.)

For many years, I wrote a crossword puzzle for my students to use as a vehicle for reviewing what we had just covered (either at the end of each week or, less ambitiously, at the end of each chapter). I … Continue reading

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Does sex matter?

From the Journal of Higher Education (Nov./Dec. 2013), here’s the abstract: We conducted an observational study to examine the effect of student and professor gender on college classroom participation and faculty-student interactions. A main effect for professor gender emerged, with … Continue reading

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Anyone up for playing a game in the classroom?

What’s wrong (and right) with having some scholastic fun? What do students gain, both cognitively and affectively, from role-playing simulations? Do games and related activities stimulate student motivation to learn? Those are some the questions a small group of faculty … Continue reading

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7 Characteristics of Good Learners

Over at the Teaching Professor blog, Maryellen Weimer has come up with a list of seven characteristics of good learners.  We might all salivate at the idea of students like this: Good learners are curious Good learners pursue understanding diligently … Continue reading

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How do I ask students better questions?

While preparing for class I find that a lot of my time is spent composing my delivery, i.e., what is the content that I will present, how will I present it, how I will use the board, how I will … Continue reading

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Going Text-less on Power Point

As a professor of Latin American literature and culture, the use of audio-visual material has been a very effective tool in my classes. So far, I have preferred a low-tech approach to teaching, occasionally playing a short scene from a … Continue reading

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Finding Ways for Students to Discover Their Passions

In a poor part of Matamoros, Mexico, one elementary school teacher—Sergio Juarez Correa—is changing the way he approaches teaching. He is convinced that by allowing his students to direct their own education, he can in some sense level the playing … Continue reading

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Why don’t students ask for help? What can you do?

It is that time in the semester when grades become more real and students can see the end of the semester and finals approaching. Around this time, I have several students who are proactive and seek out appointments with me … Continue reading

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