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1 November 2016 Ten Tweaks That Can Improve Your Teaching
Jay Phelan
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Many recommendations for improving teaching are valid and important but may be prohibitively challenging for instructors. I describe 10 teaching techniques — “tweaks” — that are more easily implemented, and evidence of their value for increasing student engagement and learning: (1) Have a class outline visible at all times. (2) Use hand-written PowerPoint slides. (3) Help your students encode and review more complete notes. (4) Use in-class exercises that require commitment. (5) Incorporate “transfer” questions. (6) Focus on misconceptions. (7) Include photos that inspire and provoke. (8) Create the right test and teach to it. (9) Incorporate self-disclosure. (10) Reinforce the “take-home messages.”

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Jay Phelan "Ten Tweaks That Can Improve Your Teaching," The American Biology Teacher 78(9), 725-732, (1 November 2016). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2016.78.9.725
Published: 1 November 2016
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