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Engaging First-Year Students

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Engagement Matters:
Student success is measured by student learning. Learning is a shared responsibility between the student and the instructor. Learning begins with engagement , but what is engagement and how do you know your students are learning?


Teaching first generation college students


Pre-activity Handout & Teaching First Gen Students Handout

Online Resources:

American Radio Works:

Bennett, Jeffrey:

Growth Mindset:

Carl Wieman. Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia: &

Daniel Willingham. Cognitive Process:

Daniel Chambliss. The power of the personal:

Idea Papers:

Improving Classroom Performance by Challenging Student Misconceptions about Learning . Chew, S. L. ObserverVol.23, N 4, April 2010.

Lang, James:

Perez-Pena, R. Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep Students in Sciences , Dec 26, 2014.

Samford University:

Society for the teaching of psychology:

Steven Chew, Professor of the Year 2011, videos on How to Get the Most Out of Studying ( over 2 million views)

The Little Orange Book: Short lessons in excellent teaching, index.php/books/little-orange- book

Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching: Flipping the Classroom

University of Minnesota. Active learning activities


Brown, P., Roediger, H., & McDaniel, M. (2014) Make it stick. The Science of Successful Learning. Cambriadge: Harvard University Press.

Carey, B. (2014) How we learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens. New York: Random House.

Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset. New York: Random House.

Chambliss, D. & Takacs, C. How college works.

Didau, D., Bjork, R., & William, D. What if everything you knew about education was wrong?.

Lang, J. Cheating lessons.

McGuire, S. & McGuire, S. Teach students how to learn.