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Holman, Linda – Thought & Action, 2017
Teaching basic reading, writing, and critical thinking skills is immensely gratifying and vitally important work, requiring intelligence, optimism, and humanity. To be able to gain some sliver of understanding with regard to students' attitudes, behaviors, skills, and abilities; to recognize that there exists a multiplicity of possible…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Acceleration (Education), Academic Achievement
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Kezar, Adrianna; Maxey, Dan – Thought & Action, 2014
A substantial body of research, conducted over more than 50 years, makes clear that faculty-student interaction is a key factor in promoting student success, particularly among those students who most need support, such as first-generation college students and students of color. This research is consistent, pervasive, and has informed the…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Role, College Faculty, Employment Level
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Goedde, Brian – Thought & Action, 2014
When you think of global, online education, the first thing that may jump to mind these days are MOOCs, the "massive open online classes" that are widely publicized (and criticized). The author states that his classes were not these, but rather, closer to what are now being called SPOCs--small private online classes. Enrollment is…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Distance Education, English Language Learners
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King, Rosamond S. – Thought & Action, 2013
Regardless of whether or how one discloses personal information to one's students, the process is often difficult. This article compares the authors' decisions about and experiences around identity disclosure in the classroom to some of her colleagues' approaches. She explains the concept of strategic disclosure, the revelation of…
Descriptors: Self Disclosure (Individuals), Teacher Responsibility, Identification (Psychology), Sexual Identity
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Schweizer, Bernard – Thought & Action, 2013
This author is dropping out from the first college course he has taken in more than 20 years. As a tenured professor, he obviously does not have much to lose from this decision. On the other hand, nobody really seems to care anyway whether he is participating or not. He has been MOOC(h)ing of late. Definition of this lovely neologism? Taking part…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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Fawns-Justeson, Rebecca – Thought & Action, 2012
There are many views about what types of actions can or cannot be defined as mentoring. The author opines that educators often make it much more complicated than it needs to be. At its core, mentoring is the act of listening, of asking good questions, and of probing others to more clearly articulate their ideas. Mentoring also involves challenging…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Mentors, Educational Opportunities, Coaching (Performance)
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Calkins, Susanna; Micari, Marina – Thought & Action, 2010
Student ratings, first introduced into the college classroom in the late 1920s, have long symbolized the often uneasy relationship between undergraduates and their professors. Certainly, research about student ratings has been exhaustive over the last 50 years. Several thousand studies have been published, many concerned with issues of validity…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Student Relationship, College Students, College Faculty
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Dierking, Kirsten – Thought & Action, 2010
In this article, the author shares how she designs fun and fascinating western humanities courses at a community college in Minnesota. Using the example provided by many excellent past instructors, and through numerous late-night research sessions, she began to develop techniques and exercises that would help her achieve her goals in the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Strogatz, Steven – Thought & Action, 2009
Many academics like to isolate a piece of the world to study: an important social issue, a central philosophical problem, a key moment in history. They know they're oversimplifying but they do it anyway--it's the only way to make progress, and what's more, their little worlds are often more beautiful than the real one. This paper shares a story of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Calculus, Teaching Styles, Mathematics Teachers
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Capra, Theresa – Thought & Action, 2009
Education is an international must, a veritable human right, yet education--especially higher education--in the land of the free is still remarkably elusive. The author has witnessed the many obstacles associated with preparing students for college. Advanced courses are rarely offered in these schools due to a lack of perceived eligible students,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged Environment, Context Effect
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Forni, P. M. – Thought & Action, 2008
This article discusses a growing problem with civility and relationships between college professors and students. There is a recognition that these relationships are fraught with tension, and it is becoming clear that the massive presence of the "Net" in college students' lives is contributing to that tension. By casting a glance at why…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, College Students, Coping
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Groth, Miles – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author describes the changing attitudes of students towards their professors as they rely more on "smart classrooms." The author muses over a 30-year teaching career and remembers those professors whose miniature characterizations were about what students--most students--wanted then, the remarkable professor.…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Professional Identity, College Faculty, Student Attitudes
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Limbach, Barbara J.; Waugh, Wendy L. – Thought & Action, 2005
Lectures often emphasize rote learning rather than critical thinking. Topics are discussed sequentially, not critically. The teacher does the talking and most of the thinking. The student memorizes material and is placed in a passive role. But many teachers who use the lecture should also be concerned that their students learn to think critically.…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Critical Thinking, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Student Relationship
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McKenzie, Judith Mikesch – Thought & Action, 2003
Discusses learning as a complex and messy process, and uses the ideas of Paolo Freire to describe the college teacher as one who faces students "face to face" as a knower facing other knowers. The neighborhood of education is the minds of students; faculty members are the transients in this neighborhood. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Higher Education, Learning
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Sanders, Glenn E. – Thought & Action, 2001
Explores the ongoing, complex, and difficult task of trying to inspire students. Discusses some of a teacher's first steps toward learning how to inspire, including a good will toward students, a trust in the significance of the momentary encounter, and a confidence in the significance of the subject and passionate attachment to its truths. (EV)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Higher Education, Learning Motivation, Student Motivation
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