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Teaching Resources

Deliver awesome lectures, lead great discussions, manage grading, mentor students, and write syllabi that work


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Pedagogy in the Public Sphere

How to take your pedagogy into the public sphere: social media, service learning, social justice teaching, and what “going public” can mean inside and outside the academy.

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Writing Syllabi that Work for the Classroom and Beyond

Best practices for crafting syllabi for multiple audiences: diverse students, job search committees, colleagues, and department chairs.

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Teaching Techniques to Save You Time and Energy

Teaching takes up as much time as we let it. But how do we save time without shortchanging students? Learn teaching techniques to save you time and energy.

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Public Speaking for Academics

How to put theater and performance techniques to use in your conference presentations, course lectures, and committee meetings.


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Teaching with Podcasts: Assignments, Scholarship, and Critical Listening

Teaching with podcasts can be a great way to help your students think critically about the topics your course engages and the world in which they live.

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Classroom Icebreakers to Kick Off a Great Semester

What to do on the first day of class to ensure a great semester? Here are some classroom icebreakers that get students engaged and comfortable.

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Fostering Dynamic Classroom Discussions

Practical tips to get students talking, encourage productive conversations, and create a supportive classroom environment for learning.

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Leading a Great Discussion Section as a Teaching Assistant

How to lead a great discussion section as a teaching assistant that ensures your students better grasp the material, feel comfortable asking questions, and learn to think critically about the world around them.

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Manage Grading without Getting Overwhelmed

Grading is one of the most challenging, thankless, and important parts of teaching. Here are some tips for managing grading without getting overwhelmed.

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Teaching During the Summer: Challenges and Opportunities

Things to keep in mind as you approach your summer teaching and our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience.

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How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Student

How to write a letter of recommendation for a student, including figure out whether you can honestly endorse them, where to begin, and how to follow up.

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Teaching Stuff You Need to Track for Your Tenure File

Prepping your materials for tenure review is time consuming and stressful. But it is much easier if you keep things organized as you go. Here's how.

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Ideas on Fire’s Favorite Films to Teach

Ideas on Fire's favorite films to teach in the interdisciplinary classroom: gender studies, ethnic studies, queer studies, and cultural studies.

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Ideas on Fire’s Most Inspiring Classes

The classes that have most inspired us. These are the courses that opened our eyes to something we'd never seen before or defined our trajectory in new ways.

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Performance Tactics You Can Use in the Classroom

Not all of us academics are natural or trained performers, but all of us can improve our ability to perform. Here are some tips.

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