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Student Voice and Choice Matter

One way instructors can build a positive environment and encourage students to take more responsibility for their learning is to give them greater control, such as seeking more input from them or allowing them to choose how they will be … Continue reading

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Take Your Students on a Twitter Scavenger Hunt

Last month, I wrote about making the most out of the first day of class, including using fun icebreakers.  This semester, I decided to use an icebreaker that served two purposes: allow students to get to know one another and … Continue reading

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Icebreakers That Don’t Suck

In previous posts (1, 2) about the first day of class, I argue that icebreakers can be so much more than obligatory traditions that make us cringe.  They don’t simply introduce students to students and students to instructor.  Rather, they … Continue reading

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Don’t Waste the First Day!

The countdown to a new semester has begun.  I’ll give you a moment to sob or stomp your feet… Despite our wish for a never-ending vacation, the reality is classes begin in a few short weeks.  As you work on … Continue reading

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