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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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High-Impact Accessibility Practices

Rebecca Johnson--The Disability Services Office at RIT has compiled a list of specific practices for teaching students with particular disabilities. We’ve taken some of that information on their website and turned it around, looking at which practices can help the most students.* This list is a great example of how Universal Design for Learning works. While each of these is an evidence-based strategy for supporting a student with a particular disability, any of these practices can help all of your students.

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