You can connect with your students. Here are five ways I strive to do this in my own classroom. (In a piece I wrote for the Atlantic.com)
95% of what you accomplish is because of your habits. What are the habits in the classroom that will help you reach more students?
It is great to watch this Webmaking 101 course for journalists evolve. jess Klein wants to “create authentic learning experiences around webmaking projects.” This is a brainstorm about how to teach journalists the basics of html, css, and copyright authentically. I'm looking for the site. I love it. The site would strip out everything but the text and let the journalists add things back in.
These videos on active learning are great to share and view. From Harvard's series on active learning. This is the kind of video series you'll want to share with your preservice teachers AND college professors.
An article from Harvard Magazine on the Twilight of the lecture. There are measurable improvements when you move to interactive learning:
“Interactive learning triples students’ gains in knowledge as measured by the kinds of conceptual tests that had once deflated Mazur’s spirits, and by many other assessments as well. It has other salutary effects, like erasing the gender gap between male and female undergraduates. “If you look at incoming scores for our male and female physics students at Harvard, there’s a gap,” Mazur explains. “If you teach a traditional course, the gap just translates up: men gain, women gain, but the gap remains the same. If you teach interactively, both gain more, but the women gain disproportionately more and close the gap.” Though there isn’t yet definitive research on what causes this, Mazur speculates that the verbal and collaborative/collegial nature of peer interactions may enhance the learning environment for women students.”
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