Being Mindful – What Did I Just Read?

Teaching Tip
mariola-grobelska from Unsplash COLLEGE TIP #2 - SEPT 14 2022 Has this ever happened to you? You have just finished reading a paragraph - or a page of an assigned reading — and a friend interrupts you, and when you return to your reading, you have no idea of what you were just reading. And you have to retreat back many paragraphs! If so, you are not alone. We often go on auto pilot while reading, and just read the words without thinking. What to do? Here are three ideas: If your reading assignment is a chapter with lots of sections and headings and subtitles, write down the heading, turning it into a question, and then test yourself to see if you can answer the question. For example, in a course…
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Make a Date with Your Mind

Teaching Tip
COLLEGE TIP #1 - Setting a Schedule A top priority for success in anything you do is to schedule time for it. If you want to learn, if you want to get good grades, schedule time for studying. So, your very first college task is to create a weekly schedule for yourself. Block out all the essentials. Including time for sleep because that is when your brain consolidates new information! Anything important should go on your calendar, including enjoying making friends and having fun. It is so easy to say to yourself regarding studying, or writing papers, "Oh, I can do it tomorrow." That is your Charlie Brown talking. If you say that, you may find that "tomorrow" never comes and all of a sudden you are in terrible crunch…
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Team Charter Templates

Teaching Tip
Do your students moan when you assign a team project or design an assignment requiring even simple peer review or collaboration?  Do they envision challenges such as “doing all the work themselves” or working with a “difficult” or absent team member? This happens in life, everywhere, so what can be done?   Team projects, even small teams such as 2-3 members, always face challenges. A team charter can help by clarifying roles and responsibilities, expectations, preferred tools and time for working. A charter also sets out agreements on the responsibilities and practices for collaborating successively. This posting contains a team charter template that can be adapted for simple or complex team projects. Late Middle Tip 9 in Chapter 8 in the Online Teaching Survival Guide suggested that students who are tasked with working on projects…
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