Weekly Teaching Tips

Can Empathy Be Taught?

Empathy as a Learning Goal We often say that students come to college to decide who they want to be. As university faculty, we’re not only preparing our students for success in their downstream courses; we’re also helping to prepare them for work and for life. In all of these domains, empathy is essential: Health […]

Planning for the First Day

Goals for the First Day of Class When we’re planning for a new semester, it’s always important to think about the conditions in which our students will be learning. We’re all facing stressful circumstances again, which will shape how we and our students feel and behave during the first week of class. In the midst […]

Syllabus Support This Week

A Learning Guide for Students As we begin another academic year in uncertain circumstances, some aspects of our teaching remain familiar: We’re preparing our courses, writing our syllabi, meeting our new students, and helping them to grow intellectually, professionally, and personally during our time together this semester. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching is […]

Brief Guide to Summer Teaching + Upcoming Events

Making the Most of a Short Semester Congratulations again on making it through a challenging academic year. We hope you have plans for some well-deserved rest. But if you’re teaching this summer, you may be in the midst of planning a six-week course. “Compressed” or “intensive” classes, like those in summer B or C, challenge […]

Is Your Grade Book Full of Holes? + Upcoming Events

Missing Assignments: Exhaustion & Procrastinationå In the last few days, several colleagues have mentioned that more students than usual have been missing class or not turning in assignments here at the end of the semester. A host of reasons spring to mind, beginning with the most likely: stress and burnout. Like us, many students are […]

The Last Class Meeting + Upcoming Events

Celebrating at the End of a Difficult Semester For many of us—both faculty and students—this semester has been uniquely difficult. With Spring Break canceled because of the pandemic, many students are exhausted and have just been focusing on doing the best they can in a difficult situation—so much so that they may not yet be […]

Examining Exams

How Are We Measuring Learning? Finals week is sneaking up on us this spring. This semester has been another tough one: students are exhausted and isolated, as well as frightened and distressed by the multiple acts of violence in the news. (Many faculty and TAs are similarly overwhelmed, of course). This is an important time […]

How Do We Respond?

Tending To Our Community Reported incidents of anti-Asian hate crimes have risen an astonishing 150% during the past year. The racially-motivated and gender-based mass shooting in Atlanta this week propelled the issue onto national headlines, but many of our colleagues, students, friends, and neighbors may have been feeling unsafe for a long while. When any […]