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Teaching Tips & Tricks. BPS Doctoral Consortium 2013 Kira R. Fabrizio Boston University. Standard advice. Stack your teaching in one semester. Secure one prep that you can teach for many years. Dont re-invent the wheel. Use your colleagues as resources. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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BPS Doctoral Consortium 2013Kira R. FabrizioBoston UniversityTeaching Tips & Tricks1Standard adviceStack your teaching in one semester.Secure one prep that you can teach for many years.Dont re-invent the wheel.Use your colleagues as resources.If you teach more than 30 students, ask for a TA.

Bottom line: minimize time dedicated to teaching (subject to teaching quality constraint) in order to maximize time on research.2Less conventional ideasTeaching is not just about the contentThink about the course as a student experienceEngage the students beyond absorbing the contentGet students emotionally involved in the materialStudents take ownership of the courseOpportunity to inspire, change minds and livesHow can we do this?In-class activities & simulationsDebatesStudent experts in classBring yourself to classMake learning visible3The truly radicalChange the way you think about your course materialWhat is the experience you want to give students?How will the class challenge their thinking?What are the big-picture questions you want them to ask and wrestle with?What do you want them to walk away with after the course?Reformat your class around these themes, incorporate research, activities, sharing, reflection that engages students more deeply with the big questions.Adjuncts / professors of practice4A new way to conceptualize a courseThe two-layered course:1: What engages the students Incorporate the big picture questions, themes, and puzzles.Get students to question their assumptions, see the world in a different way, build a genuine interest in the topic.Bring your passion to class!2: The content The tools, theories, concepts, and technical knowledge that helps to us understand and unpack those questions and puzzles.Dont shy away from the heavy lifting! Students appreciate rigor that helps them make sense of a puzzle.Connecting the themes and puzzles together to a uniting framework that allows students to see all the pieces in a new way.5Example: my course on sustainabilityThe Student ExperienceConnect with the students passion for a better world, the puzzle of how to square profitability and environmental protection.What responsibility does a firm have for its impact on the environment? Why? How? All firms?Debates on fracking, McDonalds, Cape Wind provide opportunities for engaged learning, analysis, persuasion, ethics.Simulations, student experts, very selected visitorsThe ContentFrame discussions, conclusions, tools in economics: externalities, competition, incentives, information asymmetry.Link varied examples back to coherent theoretical framework.6Does this conflict with conventional thinking?Isnt my primary goal to minimize teaching time and get more research done?Yes! And being a better teacher can make that happen.The two-layer approach does NOT take more time. Especially if you are starting from scratch.In fact, you will expend less effort convincing the students that what you are saying is interesting so they will be more eager to learn!A good classroom experience will make your life easier and more productive, teaching can be a positive in your career, not something to minimize.7


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