Ideas

Below you’ll find a list of ideas, topics, and resources we’d like to see on this site. This is just a starting point to get your ideas flowing, but we’re open to all variations and combinations.

Activities:

  • First five minutes of class
  • Last five minutes of class
  • Facilitating group work
  • Brainstorming
  • Drafting
  • Revision
  • Grammar
  • Minute activities
  • Student made guides
  • Student made prompts
  • Partner or group work
  • Assignment summaries
  • Student grammar presentations
  • Large classes
  • First day of class
  • Last day of class
  • Muddiest point
  • Affective responses
  • Active review
  • Concept mapping
  • Visual lists
  • Gamification
  • Roleplaying
  • Debates

What to do when…

  • Students challenge their grade
  • No one comes to office hours
  • Discussion stalls
  • Quiet students refuse to talk
  • Talkative students won’t do the work
  • Students haven’t done the reading(s)
  • Students haven’t completed their assignment(s)
  • Students don’t have drafts for peer review
  • You have issues with tardiness, disruptions, engagement, etc.
  • Students lack motivation
  • Your lesson doesn’t go as planned
  • Technology fails

Variations & Alternatives to:

  • Written feedback
  • One-on-One Conferences
  • Peer review
  • Presentations
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • The printed syllabus
  • Group work

How to effectively use or teach:

  • Online discussions
  • Gamification 
  • Argument
  • The pitfalls of fake news
  • Online courses
  • Plagiarism
  • Research
  • Drafting
  • Revision
  • Creativity
  • Rhetorical appeals
  • Large classes

General ideas & examples:

  • Blended learning
  • Rubrics: Pros, Cons, & Examples
  • How to Break Monotonous Lesson Design
  • Online assignment designs
  • Assignment sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Online collaboration
  • Grading and commenting strategies
  • Grading strategies & best practices
  • Peer review strategies & best practices
  • Exam, quiz, and test design
  • Anecdotal success / failure stories and what they taught you

The teaching life:

  • Survival guides (TA, NTT, TT, etc.)
  • Time management tips & techniques
  • Self-care
  • Teaching teachers
  • Learning from your students
  • Navigating academia
  • Job prep (application materials, interviews, cover letters, etc.)