II. Teaching Methods

This section of Reaching All Students offers you a broad array of tips from professors at many universities. Beginning on the first day of class, this section includes strategies for the new professor and teaching assistant, as well as insights for the seasoned veteran.

Topics include:

  • how to lecture dynamically in even the largest classrooms,
     
  • how to facilitate dialogue both in a discussion section and in the general classroom, how to encourage effective group work, how to oversee a lab section - and finally,
     
  • how to connect with students beyond the classroom.

In every context, it is possible to develop a collaborative and constructive learning environment. In this way, you may include all students.

Many capable students drop out of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This problem is particularly relevant to students from underrepresented groups in STEM. Creating an environment that is challenging and encourages all students requires use of a variety of teaching strategies (e.g., lecture, group discussion). Effective teaching that treats every member of the class as a unique and important individual will go a long way to solving problems of retention, and will increase student learning.