How to get quiet students to participate in small group discussions

Students who don’t carry their weight in a group continue to be a big concern for faculties that use groups and students who participate in them. Most often instructors and students assume that these students are lazy and happy that they’ve landed in the group with others willing to do...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:22pm

Do not wait to be spoon-fed

Dear Counsellor, This term, our economics teacher has been absent most of the time. Of late, she has resorted to distributing notes in class and assigning us to discuss the topics in groups. Although she explained that she has been feeling unwell and needs enough rest, we feel cheated of our...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:15pm

Assessments: Are we going about them the wrong way?

Most efficient teachers use assessments to inform their teaching. In fact, they constantly pore over evaluations, rubrics, and test scores to see what kinds of actionable insights they can glean from them. However, the way assessment is actually practiced in institutions of higher learning today...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:51am

Teaching strategies: How to impart social skills

Teaching social skills has become one of the most significant teaching strategies in education today. The lack of these skills, experts say, is the biggest contributing factor to the downfall of almost any type of teamwork today. Fortunately, social skills and effective communication can be taught...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:49pm

Get to know your students

Dear Counsellor, I was hired as a ‘student teacher’ at my former school. My assignments are quite simple, out-of-class assignments, so I don’t actually have any subjects I teach. However, students have refused to take me seriously and continue to ridicule me every time I’m...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:45pm

How to effectively check the cognitive and emotional pulse of your class

Do you find yourself readily checking your students’ understanding by asking: “Any questions?” “Is everybody with me?” “Are we together?”? Every time I ask my students these vague types of questions, their most common response is…silence. How should...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:30pm

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