Office hours can feel long, laborious, and lonely when no one shows up, especially in the beginning of a semester. One way I’ve found to increase my students’ use of office hours is to challenge them to meet with me.
While the syllabus forms the foundation of a course, it doesn’t always reach it’s full potential. By nature, the syllabus is linear. The daily plans start at the beginning and work their way towards finals week. Other information starts with the basics and becomes more specific in both details and requirements. It makes sense to design […]
It can be difficult to engage students in critical thinking, but this activity helps students think outside the box and anticipate problems. I’ve found that it helps preface my argumentative essay assignment and provides a refreshing break from the norm during the semester as it incorporates individual and group work, with the winning team earning extra […]
Students are often intimidated by grammar because they’re led to believe it’s a case of ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ Some students get so caught up in if they’re using a comma correctly that they miss the point of using one, while others avoid using commas at all because they don’t know how to ‘do it right.’ […]
Most of the activities and assignments in our classrooms revolve around writing and reading, but having students draw, sketch, or doodle can give them news ways to express and connect their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. In this artical you’ll find five ways to help students embrace their visual skills.
A handout distributed in class that asks students to reflect on their actions as a developing professional and their participation in class. Participation is broken down into four different components so that students of all dispositions can reflect on their strengths. This activity pairs well with a Career Profile Assignment. Feature image […]
One of my favorite in-class activities is simple, easy to set up, and, most importantly, it involves Lego. I often use this in composition classes to illustrate the concept of writing as a process, but I’ve found that, with a few minor tweaks, it can be easily adapted to any variety of lessons or concepts. […]
Silence in the classroom can be awkward, especially when your students are tasked with discussing their peers’ work in a creative writing workshop. I’ve found that a simple Question-Comment-Suggestion response helps guide less experienced students in the workshopping process. These responses are what they sound like: they ask students to respond to a piece of writing […]
In introductory writing classes with a research based project, most of us spend time teaching students how to read academic journal articles. We understand how to read a journal article because we know why it’s written the way it is, why there are always certain parts such as abstracts, introductions, and headings, and how to navigate those […]