G.I.F.T.S - University Days - Fall 2006:

Great Ideas for Teaching Successfully
Presentations from the Fall 2006 G.I.F.T.S. Program are included below. Handouts are available by clicking on the session title.
“Blogs as Course Portfolios and Communication Tools” – Hobart King –Geography and Geology

A blog is a website where entries are posted in chronological order.  They can provide links to course content, PowerPoint files, homework assignments, course documents, announcements, samples of excellent student work and other information. Blogs save time and eventually become a strong resource website that can be used from semester to semester with minor maintenance.  Resources for developing Blogs will be shared.

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“Can I Use This for My Paper?” – Sheila Kasperek – North Hall Library

Students are often confused when their assignments designate what types of resources they can and cannot use. Learn what trips-up students and how to help clear the confusion. Link to article "Web sites You Can Trust"

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“Generating Discussion from Silent Students” – Kristin Sanner – English and Modern Languages

Students’ willingness or reluctance to participate in class makes a difference not only in student grades, but also in the success of the course. Learn how to implement exercises and activities that help generate discussion from even silent students by using some of the activities that call for written rather than oral discussion (at least initially).
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“How to Give a Great Final” – Judith Sornberger – English and Modern Languages

This final involves showing students a film during the last week of class and having students respond to it during the final exam period by writing one-paragraph answers in response to questions involving major concepts covered in the class.

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“How to Instill Interest: ‘Hook em’ First” – Russ Dodson – Geography and Geology

Genuine enthusiasm and proper organization are important attributes of a good teacher, of course, but it’s best to instill interest first and then let these other qualities ripen the fruit of student interest. This strategy helps to both mitigate ones pedagogical “sins” and enhance other attributes you possess. Proven examples of ways to instill interest on the first day of class and when introducing new topics will be presented.

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“How to Promote Higher-Order Thinking in the Classroom” – Lynne Hammann – Education and Special Education

This presentation will focus on meeting educational challenges of the 21 st Century learning by promoting higher-order thinking in classroom activities. The emphasis will be on benefits of writing, including writing prompts, writing as a cognitive process, and writing-related activities to support learning

“Tips for Grading Small Group Assignments” – Sue Young, Communication & Theatre

Learn the pros and cons of individual, peer, and group grading when students are asked to complete a small group assignment
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