Tips for Teaching Professors

Breana Bayraktar
Resources, teaching tips, best practices and professional development opportunities for faculty.
Created 11 Mar 2020
  • Tech Thursday: Class Timers, x2
    18 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    To encourage students to actually step away from their screens - large and small - during breaks in my remote synchronous classes, I set a timer with a sound alert at the end. Since I use shared Googl...
  • Tip: Project-Based & Task-Based Learning
    10 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Often we when talk about authentic assessment, the conversation focuses on alternatives to final exams or major course projects. Trying to envision how to change these high-stakes tasks can feel overw...
  • Tech Thursday: Focus Helpers
    04 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 0 1
    It is the time of the semester when many of us have loads of papers* to read and provide feedback on, and plenty of distractions – Halloween candy, fall leaves, crisp come-take-a-walk weather among th...
  • Tip: Activate Prior Knowledge
    02 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Students come to our classrooms with a wealth of prior life experiences, knowledge of different topics, and understandings of the world. Norma González and Luis Moll have written extensively about fun...
  • Tech Thursday: Midterm Course Feedback
    28 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    We are halfway - or more - through the semester, and if you haven’t checked in with students lately, now might be a good time. I like to use this Midterm Course Feedback Form (you’ll be prompted to ma...
  • Tip: Buckets of Authentic Assessments
    26 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    I first wrote about authentic assessment over a year ago, in response to moving to online, unproctored exams during the first semesters of the pandemic. My institution - and others - continues to stru...
  • Friday Fragments, October 22nd
    22 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
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  • Tech Thursday: Disposable Gmail Addresses
    21 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    I don’t think I’ll ever master Inbox Zero. Although, to be fair, the real goals of Inbox Zero - meaning you spend as close to zero time as possible thinking about your inbox, not that you have zero em...
  • Tip: Student-Led Discussions
    20 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 1
    Two weeks ago I shared six techniques for asking better questions of students. This week I am flipping the focus to helping students learn to ask better questions. Engaging and meaningful class discus...
  • Friday Fragments, October 15th
    15 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome, paying subscribers! While my Tuesday Tips and Tech Thursday articles will remain open to all readers, these Friday Fragments will be reserved for paying subscribers going forward. If you’re n...
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