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Rethinking the Physics Classroom: 4 Tools to Consider

Francisco J. Mercado, Department of Physics & Astronomy When we think about a physics classroom, more often than not, the picture that comes to mind is an ‘all-knowing’ professor standing at the front of a classroom writing on a blackboard while some of the students behind them are vigorously taking notes […]

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Effective Response to Student Writing

Undarmaa Maamuujav, School of Education Responding to students’ papers that have serious rhetorical weaknesses and multitude of linguistic errors is a challenging task for instructors, but what is more trying is finding a systematic and effective method of response to actively engage students in their writing and editing processes. On […]

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Improving Critical Thinking Skills in College Students

Erica M. Leung, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering “People grow best where they continuously experience an ingenious blend of support and challenge.” -Robert Kegan1 Cognitive Development of College Students Most students enter college with the notion that there are right and wrong answers and the road to knowledge is […]

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Preparing for Difficult Conversations in Criminal Justice Classrooms

Bryant Jackson-Green, Department of Social Ecology Criminal justice coursework inevitably involves discussions about difficult topics. Learning about violent crime, sexual assault, and similarly traumatic experiences is a central part of the curriculum and key to grasping the stakes criminal justice systems engage with daily. But if not handled sensitively, discussions […]

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Teaching and Mentoring URMs in STEM

Angeline Dukes, B.A., Department of Neurobiology & Behavior While navigating higher education can be challenging for everyone, it is especially daunting for those who do not see themselves represented in the textbooks and classrooms. Underrepresented minorities (URM) make up 33% of the United States population. However, they only obtain 22% […]

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Accommodating the Type 1 Diabetic Student

Morgan Coburn, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior *Please consult with your school’s unique medical support protocol for information on your institution guidelines for treating Type 1 Diabetes. What is Type 1 Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an incurable autoimmune disease where the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are attacked. […]

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