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Question 8


​​In this course, the instructor:

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 Cared about my learning.

 

 Create a supportive classroom environment.

  • Get to know your students by name, by Taking Role
  • Speak with students before and after class.
  • Greet students as they enter class.
  • On the first day of class distribute a questionnaire that helps you collect baseline information on students level of preparation, interests and motivations (examples here​).
  • Help students develop a growth mindset and a belief that being wrong is part of learning.
1

 Teach students how best to learn in your discipline.

  • ​Use these videos on metacognition to provide students with specific advice on how they can improve their learning. ​
  • ​Use exam wrappers​ and assignment wrappers to help students identify patterns in their returned graded work and/or reflect on how they prepared.​​
2

 Connect learning to students' interests and lives.

3

 Provide students with some choice and control.

  • ​If there are some optional topics in the course, have students vote on which ones to include.
  • Let students choose the topic for a project or assignment.
  • Provide students with options​ of how they express their learning.
​​​4

 Help students develop a sense that they can master the material.

  • Communicate clear learning goals by sharing course learning outcomes and creating transparent assignments.
  • Express to students your confidence that they can master the material.
  • Create assignments and activities that are challenging, but doable.
  • Build in early success and ramp up the difficulty.
  • Help students become more autonomous learners by scaffolding their learning.
  • Use classroom assessment techniques to provide regular feedback that gives students a clear sense of how well they are mastering the material.
  • Point out to students how much they have learned.
  • Use these videos on metacognition to provide students with specific advice on how they can improve their learning. 
  • Consider ways to support your students in multiple suggestions for revising your work, Revising Your Paper.
​​5

 Communicate your confidence in students' ability to learn.

  • Teach students about growth mindset, the idea that we can grown our brain's capacity to learn and solve problems.
  • When students succeed, praise their efforts and strategies as opposed to their intelligence. (listen to this Two Guys on Your Head podcast for an explaination, Praise Aug. 23, 2018).
  • Express your high expectations for students and your confidence that they can succeed through the practice of wise feedback.

6

 Develop familiarity with learning resources on campus and share them with students.

7

 Solicit mid-semester feedback from students.

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