One thing I've learned after 32 years of teaching
is that using rubrics for exams, papers, and student presentations means less time grading and more
specific feedback for the students. Check out this website for thousands of free
rubrics as well as templates for putting togther your own.
We've all had this happened. You give your students something to discuss with the person next to them and then you can't seem to get their attention back again. Raising your voice really loud doesn't usually do it as a room full of students can easily overtalk you. Dr. Rick Sheridan (Wilberforce University) shares his tips for regaining control of the classroom.
Have you ever read a book and then months later can’t recall
anything about the book? Or perhaps you pick up a book and start reading and
realize after a few chapters that you’ve read it before? I know I have and thus I found this post by Dwayne Morris interesting: How to retrieve what you’ve
Be proactive in preventing
cheating on papers and assignments. Let your students know that you
expect them to do their own work and that cheating will be punished in your
Put your university’s policy
on your syllabus. You should also be familiar with your university’s
procedures on reporting cheating so that you follow the appropriate steps if
this becomes necessary.
Define the term plagiarism
for your students. Many of them do not understand the difference between
citing and copying someone else’s work.
Give specific and timely
topics on papers so that students cannot simply access the internet for
commercially produced papers. Thus, a paper on sexual harassment in the workplace is easily available for
sale. A paper on sexual harassment policies in local companies in your
town is probably not.
Have students turn in
outlines and/or first drafts of their papers to you earlier in the semester and
then have them attach those drafts to the final paper when it is due.
Require students to turn in
copies of all sources cited including websites, journal articles, and pages of
Bibliography. Dates should be required for interviews and websearches. If these
dates do not fall in line with what is reasonable for the semester due dates,
that should raise a red flag (tip submitted by Timothy Johnson).