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Teaching Tips


The Senate Committee for Teaching and Advisement wishes you a wonderful start to the semester and many enjoyable teaching experiences!

Teaching Excellence winners Professor Judy Fenster and Professor Thomas Shinick share their insights on teaching from our recent workshop on teaching:

Professor Fenster aims to make her classroom a sort of laboratory for practice or “community of inquiry” where students can take chances, explore learning potential in ‘wrong’ answers, and safely examine their biases. She emphasizes relevance of curricula and constructivist learning practices.

Professor Shinick examined parallels and disconnects between team-based learning in universities and the daily activities of actual businesses. By utilizing news items and real-world scenarios in teaching, he encourages students to refine their skills in “writing, speaking, communicating, and negotiating.”

Luck of Teaching:
Wed March 4.  12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.  Campbell Lounge, Room 2
Featured Teaching Excellence Winners: 
Professor Judy Fenster and Professor Tom Shinick 
Presented by the Senate Committee for Teaching & Advisement

As a bonus, please enjoy this collection of teaching tips from the 2014 U.S. professors of the year.  Their insights include suggestions for teaching like using local archives and historians, having students give demonstrations, and utilizing “think-pair-share” discussion methods in class:

Thinking of taking part in some team teaching? Check out some useful models and arrangements.

No time to collaborate in person? Explore some digital tools that can come to your aid.

Make the most of group work and learning in the collaborative classroom with some organizational strategies. Read more here.

Explore 101 ways to bring creativity into your teaching

Consider flipping your classroom with some activities at home and more hands-on experiences in class

Looking to personalize and maximize your course’s last few sessions?  Try these reflection opportunities and rituals.

Or consider presentations and portfolios.

Do you have any creative teaching tips for the end of the semester you’d be willing to share? Please email

Missed a tip? Check out our archives.

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Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE)
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