Communicating with Students

Classroom Communication

This teaching tip deals with classroom communication.  In Part 1, we look at suggestions for classroom discussion.  In Part 2, we look at suggestions for dealing with an individual student who tries to dominate the discussion.

Part 1: Stimulating class discussion.

First Week Reflections

Socrates is quoted as saying “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  These are strong words and a powerful idea.  One of the major goals of the Teaching Tip series is to encourage faculty members to undertake regular critical self-assessments.  For the most part, the tips are not intended to be prescriptive, but are based on the belief that with critical reflection and the input of students and colleagues, teaching can be both more enjoyable and of higher quality.

The First Day of Class: A Model for the Semester

It’s almost here!  And as you know, the first day of class blends the excitement of a new term with some trepidation – what will the classes be like this year…, are the students willing to learn…, can we get started on the right foot?  Perhaps you can help encourage students to get off to a good start by your approach to the first day of class.

Stimulating class discussion

Many of us have attempted to engage our students with course material through discussion, but sometimes we are met with silence, bowed heads, and darting eyes. The problem might be that students are often not prepared to discuss the material because they don’t know how to go about doing so, or are not accustomed to it. Another problem could be that we as teachers are not facilitating class discussions effectively.

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