Preparing To Teach | The Teaching Cycle
Before designing a course and as you begin the planning process, it is valuable to explore the following foundational questions: How do students learn? How can I create a welcoming class climate? What is my teaching philosophy? The following resources offer ways to dig more deeply into these topics.
Why Students Don’t Like School by Daniel Willingham explains how students learn and outlines strategies for helping them learn effectively.
Principles of Learning CMU's Eberly Center outlines principles from their book, How Learning Works.
Understanding Inclusive Excellence. Teaching strategies are highlighted in our section on Inclusive Teaching.
Writing a teaching philosophy statement UMichigan’s CRTL offers a collection of ideas for how teachers can approach “making their implicit views on teaching and student learning explicit and comparing those views to teaching practice."
The teaching cycle is an iterative process intended to promote effective student learning. It is based on a circular flow from designing a course to teaching a course to assessing student learning and then redesigning (and improving) the course. Student learning is always at the center of the endeavor.
Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning from UMichigan’s CRLT
Working Backwards from Learning Goals and Objectives
Writing Learning Objectives
The First Day of Class
Building Faculty-Student Interactions
Preparing and Delivering a Lecture
Promoting Student Interaction in Large Lectures
Facilitating Effective Discussions
Encouraging Students to Learn From Each Other
Teaching with Technology
Classroom Assessment Techniques
Grading Written Assignments
Assessing Group Work
Grading Lab Reports
Classroom Observation and Feedback by Peers
Integrating Student Feedback During a Course