The First Five Minutes

In a Small Changes in Teaching, James Lang offer four tips on how to focus students’ attention within the first five minutes of class. The ideas help students review the days’ learning and connect concepts from one session to the next. Small changes...

The Psychology of Feedback and Assessment

For our last post of the semester, we turn to this entry of Tomorrow’s Professor, where Rick Ries of Stanford University refers to the work of L. Dee Fink and Grant Wiggins to remind us of the importance of feedback. It also provides tangible examples of an...

A Growth Mindset

We are back from Thanksgiving, with an article by Ingfei Chen on the importance of actively informing students about the growth mindset so that they can benefit from it. Chen reports that even a very short intervention of 30 minutes can have a long term impact on how...

Using Rewards to Increase Motivation

This week, we further our investigation into the intricacies of motivating students with this article. Daniel T. Wilingham writes about the complexities of using rewards to increase motivation in a classroom setting. Cash reward, candy, or free time, are all...

The Six Cs of Motivation

This week’s (short) piece by Shiang-Kwei Wang and Seungyeon Han further explores the topic of motivation. The authors focus on a particular case study of a professor assigning a news report on a foreign nation to her students. Through this example, we are brought to...