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5 Teaching Ideas for a New Semester

A new school year just began in the Northern Hemisphere. So, we put together some of our favorite LabXchange teaching resources. These teaching guides, videos, and texts will help you get ready for a new semester or school year.

Is your term well underway? In that case, refer back to these resources whenever you need guidance or inspiration.

First Day of Class

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

This teaching guide has some great ideas on how to best approach your first day back at school. You may want to start by introducing your students to your teaching style. Then, share what they can expect from your class this semester.

Two women wearing face masks have a conversation.
Photo by Mira Kireeva on Unsplash.

Teaching, Difference, and Power: Insights from Learning Community Participants

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

Over the course of a year, the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching held two monthly meetings with different learning communities: one with graduate students and another with faculty. In these meetings, participants unpacked the salient issues of race, microaggressions, and stereotypes in the classroom. In this video, participants share and give insight into what they learned. Looking for a comprehensive teaching guide on teaching race in the classroom? See “Teaching Race: Pedagogy and Practice,” also from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching.

Image from Vanderbilt Center for Teaching.

Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

Making the classroom as safe a space as possible for all students is vital, especially around conversations about gender identity and expression within the classroom. This teaching guide on gender inclusivity from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching provides expert tools you can use in your classroom.

Photo by Katie Rainbow 🏳️‍🌈 on Unsplash.

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

In light of the ongoing pandemic and its far-reaching effects, a focus on mental health both inside and outside the classroom has become invaluable. This teaching guide is a wonderful resource on the practice of mindfulness in the classroom. It helps educators better aid learners for a holistic classroom experience.

An iPad displays the text "Mental health matters."
Photo by Emily Underworld on Unsplash.

Making Adjustments on the Fly to Keep Lectures “Organic”

Instructional Moves

Brett Flehinger, History Lecturer at Harvard University, shares how he restructures and organically enmeshes a student’s point during class. In this way, he ensures that there is priority placed on overall deeper learning. In the video, Professor Flehinger’s students also share feedback on this organic approach.

On the left, an older man faces the camera. On the right, a young man holds a microphone and laughs.

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