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Facilitating classroom conversations about controversial events
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This page provides pedagogical tools and resources for addressing charged, controversial, and/or political issues while remaining sensitive to the range of opinions, emotional reactions, and potential for student harm.

Instructor contingency planning
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Due to Covid-related attestation, isolation, or quarantine policies for you and/or those in your care, it may be necessary for you to teach from home / away from campus for portions of the semester, to enlist a colleague to teach for you, or to reschedule/cancel class, perhaps on short notice.

Fresh Perspectives from MIT educators (part 2)
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On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, the Teaching + Learning Lab hosted the second of two panels featuring faculty and instructors highlighted in the Fresh Perspectives series.

Fresh Perspectives from MIT educators (part 1)
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On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Teaching + Learning Lab hosted the first of two panels featuring faculty and instructors highlighted in the Fresh Perspectives series.

Learn student names and pronouns
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Learning students’ preferred names, pronouns, and pronouncing names correctly affirms student identities and builds community in the classroom. A person’s name may be tied to their identity and carry cultural or family significance. The cumulative experience of having names mispronounced is linked to increased feelings of anxiety, shame, and being “othered” or not belonging in the classroom (Kohli & Solorzano, 2012). Moreover, learning and using a student’s pronouns is a first step towards respecting their gender identity and resisting the assumption that all students are cisgender. 

4 strategies to minimize academic dishonesty on remote exams
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Include explanation components Requiring that students explain their approach, reasoning and/or uncertainties can increase academic integrity. This strategy can be applied to any quiz exam, quiz, or pset question and […]

Planning for COVID-related absences
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Supporting students who cannot come to class In the event that a student must quarantine or isolate during the semester, Student Support Services (S3) (undergrad students) or GradSupport (graduate students) will […]

Preparing to teach with masks
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Please note the latest MIT guidelines on face coverings state: “When speaking in a group setting where all others present are masked (e.g., a faculty member, instructor, or TA giving […]

Changes to your syllabus
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Although it is essential to ensure your syllabus is clear and transparent in “normal” times, this is especially true this fall. Please consider including in your syllabus: explicit statements about […]

Meaning Makers: cultivating growth mindset environments
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In this talk on April 29, 2021, Dr. Canning discussed her recent research on cultivating growth mindset cultures in the classroom — the idea that anyone can develop their ability and talent over time with effective strategies, deliberate practice, and adequate support.