Module Four: Faculty-Based Suggestions

For the committed teacher, student success is the essential stitch in the fabric of the course. SuggestionsThe student has to comprehend, learn, understand, and enter into dialogue with a whole new repository of knowledge being offered in the course. Teaching-based scholarship, a burgeoning discipline that has a plethora of discipline-based publications, has much to offer on this issue as our resources page shows. Below are offers a number of concise strategies that distill some of the literature and provide insights as well.

To promote student success, the classroom has to transform itself into a functional and inclusive “intellectual community” where the students bounce off the teacher and one another into energized learning of their own.

To ensure the inculcation of such a space, some strategies follow:
  • Implement peer feedback forums so that students are accountable to one another as well as the teacher within the classroom setting.
  • Set up discussions that center around questions from the subject each week followed by how this subject is relevant to the world at large.
  • Involve students in student presentation opportunities so that the course material is dynamically charged by the students who transcend the parameters of the course in doing so.
  • Develop effective support systems to retain minority students along with first-generation college attendees, and students wrestling a range of differences.
  • Share with students how to succeed in a particular discipline of study through effective study methods, one being the triadic “read-review-recite” (McDaniel et al, 2009) where students read through the material or notes once, review what they learned, and recite aloud what they have retained before moving into the next portion of new material.
  • Set up effective testing mechanisms because it proves to be a sound way to propel students deeper into the subject of study.
  • Be aware of cognitive perspectives that benefit learning; this might involve setting up goals, strategies, self-reflection and methods and best practices of learning
  • Along with tests of various forms that assist the student in deepening their understanding, stretch out each segment over as much time as possible so that students have more chance of effective retention of material.
  • Interweave the question and possible answer across many spheres so that the students can see the "interdisciplinary" focus of their disciplined work, i.e. their singular study is relevant in many ways across many fields and thus becomes a more interesting object of study.
  • Start as early as possible to diagnose student issues such as classroom behavior, timely assignments and work habits.
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