TA/GA ISW April 2016

Congratulations to the graduates of the TA/GA ISW for April 2016!

During the course of the ISW, the following ideas were generated during discussion:

Brainstorming Sessions

Effective Teaching:

  • Relevant and applicable to real life
  • Experiential
  • Current
  • Be prepared, passionate, enthusiastic
  • Set the correct level, assess where to start, make content accessible and clear
  • Good relationship between instructor and student
  • Comfortable, care about students
  • Creative, encourage and engage with technology
  • Active participation
  • Think about environment, seating
  • Personable and attentive to student wellbeing and expectations, success
  • Walk around classroom
  • Give breaks
  • Check in with students
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Variety of evaluation methods

Effective Feedback:

  • Constructive
  • Applicable
  • Something to add, improve
  • Provide suggestions, ideas
  • Different types of feedback
  • Mention good/positive things
  • What to keep
  • Start with positive
  • Keep it professional
  • Clear, concise, effective, focused on teaching

Strategies to engage students

How do you know students are engaged?

  • Body language
  • Keep in mind individual differences
  • Alert
  • Eye contact
  • Questions – depth
  • Taking notes
  • Before-discussion board/during/after – office hours
  • Results of evaluation
  • Seeing students apply what they have learned

In large classes:

  • Real time/life examples
  • Experiential learning
  • Arrangement/sitting
  • Active learning
  • Classroom setting
  • Use of technology, various e.g. web
  • Feedback/evaluations
  • Group forming (larger plus smaller)
  • Keep variety
  • Seminars/workshops

In small classes:

  • Group and individual discussion
  • Inclusive seating arrangements e.g. circle
  • Think-pair-share
  • Flipped classroom
  • Get to know your students
  • Be available beyond the classroom

Through Reflection

  • Reflective essasys
  • Small group reflections
  • Online forum reflections
  • Responding to a tweet
  • Use of an art medium/picture/object
  • Agreeing/disagreeing with a comment/statement of current event
  • i-Clickers
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