Here are 10 simple ways that you can start promoting student success in YOUR classroom.
- Show a genuine interest in your students – Learn their names and how to pronounce them
- Create an inclusive learning community – Incorporate a statement in your syllabus that sets a tone for respect. Here are several examples: Syllabus Statements
- Incorporate active learning activities in your class. Consider pairing activities such as “think, pair, share”. Students learn from each other.
- Clearly communicate what the students will learn from your course (student learning outcomes)
- Make sure assignments, tests, projects,… are meaningful and directly linked to the course student learning outcomes
- Provide opportunities for students to receive feedback on their performance early in the course. This can be done with assignments, clicker questions, online quizzes, …
- Encourage students to be a support for each other – ex: have them exchange contact info with those they sit near
- Be accessible outside the classroom (by appointment, during office hours,virtual office hours, come early and also hang around after class).
- Direct students to campus resources such as the Office of Academic Enrichment, Center for Counseling & Student Development, Writing Center or Math tutoring. Help them before they are truly struggling.
- Use the UD online syllabus template to help communicate all of the above!