Colored Pencils
"Colorful set of pencils-2" by Daniel Kulinski

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014; by Stephanie Shipp

Graduate Ambassador Stephanie Shipp reflects on what she's learned as a graduate teaching assistant and offers a few tips for first-time teaching assistants.

It’s the end of the semester, and you’re wrapping up the class you’re TAing. Just a few more classes, and your students will hand in their final assignments and take their final exam.

To get students thinking critically about material, lecturing to students who remain passive recipients of knowledge won’t work. Students must be engaged and grapple with questions in order to think critically.

Every student within a discipline needs to learn facts and acquire basic knowledge in introductory classes. Students make flashcards, memorize terms, and gain a basic understanding of the subject.

James Lang, Associate Professor of English at Assumption College in Massachusetts, offers practical advice to fellow faculty members about how to prevent cheating by focusing on learning in Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

August 2013

World events and popular culture contribute to the shaping of each generation of students, making their collective identity unique. How well do you know the undergraduate students you'll be teaching this year?

MyPLAN (My Personal Learning and Advising Network) is a campus-wide platform used for tracking student progress and facilitating student-instructor interactions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Adapted with permission from an article by Rick Reis in Tomorrow’s Professor E-Mail Newsletter*

Taking Back the Classroom: Tips for the College Professor on Becoming a More Effective Teacher (Delaney Kirk, 2005, Tiberius Publications) was developed from questions and issues raised at workshops on classroom management that the a