Moving Forward: Teaching in Uncertain Times

Community Blog on online, hybrid, and F2F teaching during the pandemic

Maslow Before Bloom: Practicing Compassionate Pedagogy

Although “Maslow Before Bloom” is an expression that I’ve seen used most commonly in the K-12 setting (see this article for example), the concept of “compassionate pedagogy” is not new in Higher Ed. The expression, “Maslow before Bloom” captures the idea — in academic pedagogy speak — that until a student’s basic needs are taken care…

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Doing Research on Your Teaching by Moving Forward to the Past

By Mike Metzler (CETLOE Associate Director for SoTL, Retired Professor of Kinesiology & Health) My part time job in CETLOE is to assist faculty doing research on their teaching and/or their students’ learning. Prior to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the most common research design for faculty was to implement an innovative…

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Successful Community-Building Assignment: Academic Profile

In the Fall 2020 semester, I debuted a new assignment meant to build community in my “blended” English 1102 class. In the “blended” format, students came to class in small cohorts that rotated attendance, so that social distancing could be maintained. English 1102 is the second semester of the year-long composition sequence required by the…

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The First 5 Minutes of Class: Strategies for Engaging Students

by Ashley J. Holmes, PhD, CETLOE and Department of English In his book Small Teaching, James Lang encourages teachers to make small adjustments to their teaching to make our courses more engaging for students and to enhance their learning. Lang tells us that Small Teaching approaches are Brief (5 – 15 minute) interventions into individual learning…

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Maybe Less Sentimental Forms of Student Motivation Will Do

by Jennifer Hall, PhD, CETLOE and Department of English I’ve seen several education blogs recently discussing the idea of “intrinsic motivation.” I love the idea that there is some latent, innate form of motivation hiding in my students just waiting to be brought to life by the brilliance of my teaching strategies. I also have…

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A Life-Saving Classroom Technique: Ask about Pronouns

by Kimberly Kellett, Ph.D. (Biology, Perimeter College) If you are here reading this, I am guessing you care about your students beyond their classroom performance and want to support their mental health.  Good – caring is the most important step in building an inclusive, supportive class and it is the only one that you probably…

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Redesigning (again) for Summer Semester

By Jennifer Hall, PhD, CETLOE and Department of English Preparing a course for summer semester can be difficult under the best circumstances, but after spending the past year designing copious amounts of material for our online classes, cutting that back to create a seven-week class can feel down right overwhelming. If you return to in-person…

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Instructional discourse: Language Functions and Classroom Practices

By Viviana Cortes, Ph.D. (Applied Linguistics and ESOL) Perhaps the best way to start a discussion about functional language is to look at written language. When we write, we need to make sure the language we use is communicating what we want to convey. This language is not only related to the information we want…

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Creating a More Inclusive Space for Our Students on the Autism Spectrum

By Jennifer Hall, PhD, CETLOE and Department of English In the US, April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month. This month is set aside to encourage awareness and acceptance of friends, family, colleagues, and other community members on the autism spectrum. To honor this month, I’d like to  share some ideas on developing an inclusive…

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The Value of Mid-Semester Feedback

By Diana S. Barber, J.D., Lecturer in the Dean’s Office of Robinson College of Business teaching large asynchronous online sections of 750-800 students, mostly freshman and transfer students (March 31, 2021) I have found that one of the most important aspects of refining and improving a course is the mid-semester feedback received from students. Not…

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