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TLS Teaching Circles Program

Michael Starenko--Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) launched a Teaching Circles program in Fall 2017. We intend to sponsor a small set of Teaching Circles every fall and spring semester. Our first call to form a circle resulted in three circles for Spring 2018; for more information about them, see our Join a Spring 2018 Teaching Circle blog post. If you’re interested in forming a circle in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, please email Michael Starenko.

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Ask Students to Set the Tone for Your Class

Jeremiah Parry-Hill--As part of RIT’s 2017 New Faculty Orientation, I led an interactive exercise called “Best and Worst Class” that comes from Maryellen Weimer’s Teaching Professor blog (link: https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/first-day-of-class-activities-that-create-a-climate-for-learning/) Weimer proposes that by getting students to take an activ

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Resilience--What's Your Angle?

Cha Ron Sattler-Lablanc--Confronting challenges in life is inevitable and, I believe, necessary for learning. When we hit the learning curves in life, we don't usually say, “Hooray! A Learning Opportunity!” When we fall, usually face first, a more typical response is, “Oh, poop” (or similar expletive).

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Engaging with Student Motivation

Rebecca Johnson--One of my favorite books is How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose and others. The chapter I turn to again and again is “What Factors Motivate Students to Learn?” Ambrose, et al, make it clear that while we may worry about how to engage students, ultimately it’s the students who have to make decisions about how they spend their time and focus their attention.

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What We Know about Teaching with Universal Design for Learning

Rebecca Johnson--Both the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the Rochester Institute of Technology have a long history of exploring and advancing issues of access and inclusion in a variety of classroom situations. The first two resources, below, ClassAct and Teach2Connect, were developed at NTID and provide a wealth of resources and stories of how individual faculty have addressed access and inclusion in their classes.

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