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Jan 25, 2011

Learning by Writing

Try this experiment: ask your students to spend 5 minutes writing about a topic before beginning class discussion on the topic. You don’t need to grade it or even collect it, although you might want to use the students’ work as a way to take attendance. Why do this? Research findings suggest that students who write about topics learn more than those who do not. Drabick, Weisberg, Paul, and Bubier (2007) compared the test performance of students who either wrote or thought about a topic for 5 minutes before engaging in a 10-minute class discussion of the topic. Ungraded writing produced larger… More

Author: francine_glazer

Jan 17, 2011

Semester Beginnings

  First Impressions matter. The first two days of class – even the first 15 minutes of the quarter – will make or break it.   The first class is your opportunity for culture-building. It’s crucial that you get students talking – that you not just hand out a syllabus and send students off to do their homework, already numbed to the prospect of another quarter of the teacher talking at them. ~ Luke Reinsma, Seattle Pacific University   Today, it is recommended that instructors use that [first] class to set the tone (anticipate challenge, but expect my support), actively engage students… More

Author: francine_glazer

Jan 03, 2011

Ready to come back??

Happy New Year to all our continuing and first semester students! Although we still have a few weeks left of winter break, I thought it would be a good idea to mentally prepare yourself for the Spring semester. It’s always a good idea to start making the adjustments a week or two in advance. A few helpful tips: 1.       Bedtime – after staying up late and enjoying the luxury of sleeping in, it’s time to create and enforce a sleeping schedule. This will not be easy! 2.       Eating Schedule – start getting in a regular breakfast, lunch and dinner routine. Many of us… More

Author: anna_ye

Jan 03, 2011

Resolutions for 2011

It’s that time again! Weight loss resolutions made the first week of January only to be abandoned by the month’s end if not sooner. If we have so much more knowledge, why does this keep happening year after year? According to Mindy Haar, MS, RD, CDN, Director of Clinical Nutrition at New York Institute of Technology, the growing focus on how we eat and not just what we eat is a welcome one.  Nutritionists are joining forces with behavior experts such as psychologist Dr. Brian Wansink whose mission is to turn mindless eating into mindful eating.  Some strategies to make… More

Author: mindy_haar

Dec 08, 2010

The Last Day of Class

The last day of class rapidly approaches (at least on the New York campuses)! The way students feel about a class greatly influences their retention of the material and whether they will ever take another, similar class. Make the last day of class one that leaves students with good memories of your discipline. Here are some things to avoid: Above all, resist the temptation to cover that last little bit of material! Students will not retain it past the final exam, almost guaranteed. Also, rushing to cover a few more items demonstrates that a professor did not plan very well,… More

Author: francine_glazer

Dec 01, 2010

Winter Storm Warnings

The fall semester is winding down; believe it or not finals are just a few weeks away. As an alternative to stressing out, downing cans of Red Bull or making multiple runs to Starbucks I’d like to talk about planning! Right now is a good time to start planning on how you’re going to study for finals. A few helpful tips I’d like to highlight… Start Early. Now is a good time to gather all the material you’ve received during the semester such as handouts, notes, old tests. Start reading through your class notes at least twice. Study Group or Partner. Schedule… More

Author: anna_ye

Nov 30, 2010

Encouraging Student Attendance

As the semester progresses, faculty members often see a noticeable decline in attendance. In fact, estimates in large classes suggest that over 60% of students deliberately cut them. Empty seats (and sadly, empty minds) are an issue, but there are some things you can do. Some Things to Try: Make the class informative, interesting, and relevant. Add variety and entertainment to lectures, such as animations, slide shows, demos, video clips, music, and guest speakers. Post outlines—not the complete notes—on your course web page or in Blackboard, so that students know what to expect. They can use them as a guide for taking notes… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 17, 2010

Surfing the Web in Advanced Mode

Many people are surprised to learn that you can customize your Web browser.  Whether you are performing advanced research, or casually browsing the Internet, there are a number of Firefox add-ons and Google Chrome extensions that will take your surfing to a whole new level. It's always a good idea to develop a personal knowledge management (PKM) system, and set of learning tools. Below I have outlined a few that I am currently using to get things done in both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.   Mozilla Firefox (Tools > Add-ons) Morning Coffee – One click on the Morning Coffee icon loads… More

Author: sebastien_marion

Nov 16, 2010

Do No Harm: A Dose of SoTL

  Primum non nocere (“First, do no harm.”) The medical and medical ethics dictum of “do no harm” is based on the concern that sometimes an action or intervention may be more likely to cause harm than good, in which case it would be better to do nothing at all. This caution is not usually connected with teaching, but could it be?  Teaching students has been called a great act of optimism and is a pivot and catalyst for the continuation of human culture and society. College professors are part of that great chain of learning that begins in the womb and… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 10, 2010

Tips for Group Work

When you assign several students to produce a major assignment together you will have to consider not only the quality of the task they complete but also the effectiveness of their interaction. If one of your course objectives is that students will learn to work together with colleagues, then teach them how. The steps are the same as for teaching and grading discussion: Provide criteria and instructions. Provide opportunities for practice and feedback.  Here are some suggestions for guiding group processes: Begin with instructions and guidelines for group work. Address the ways in which groups could go astray. Construct a… More

Author: francine_glazer

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Nancy Bono Nancy Bono
Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at NYCOM
Department: Family Medicine
Campus: Old Westbury
Caren Sobier Caren Sobier
Assistant Director of Student Employment
Office: Career Services
Campus: Old Westbury
Gabriel Sunshine Gabriel Sunshine, Ph.D.
Department: Physics
Campus: Old Westbury