“To teach from the heart what is nurtured in the mind is the professor’s greatest dream.”

Be not a teacher but a designer of learning! Create enjoyable, rewarding learning experiences for your students and foster the natural inquiry within them. But how?

Consider the following:

  • Backward design
  • Active learning
  • Service learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Adapt your pedagogy to meet the learning styles of your students
  • Pause. Integrate critical thinking into your lessons. AskĀ  your students to critically appraise, synthesize, and apply.
  • Task your students with purposeful work- no more busy work! Always share with your students, “The purpose of this assignment is…”
  • Be intentional and deliberate.

Restructure your syllabus!

Does your syllabus fulfill the following?

  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Learner-centered (empowers students)
  • Provide defined expectations, goal objectives, rubrics

Provide problem-solving opportunities.

Consider the following when designing activities for your learners:

  • Are the activities evidence-based? Will your students be required to communicate? Collaborate? Role-play?
  • Do your activities require your students to reflect on foundational learning? Do your students get to integrate their knowledge across content areas? Do they get to apply what they are learning?
  • Is there a human dimensionĀ to the activities? What about caring (feelings, values, interests)? Are you providing opportunities that help your students/learners learn how to learn??

Be part of the learning community.

Are you one of them? Huh? How do your students view you? You may want to reflect on this, or even take the time to ask them what they think of you as their teacher. Learners learn best when they are lead by someone who is authentic, relatable, understanding, etc.

Consider the following:

  • See their strengths. AND!! Let them know you see their strengths.
  • Provide structure.
  • Design lessons with rubrics so your learners know your expectations.
  • Be available! MOST IMPORTANT! Be available. Be relatable. Make yourself accessible for conversation.

“We are not going to change their worlds. We are going to influence their worlds. Our students and learners will change our worlds.”