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How Increasing Equity in the Science Classroom Drives Social Change
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On Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019, Dr. Cissy Ballen addressed how certain features of the introductory science classroom create barriers for historically underserved students, supported by large-scale experimental and observational efforts across institution types and geographic regions.

The Power of Daily Mentoring
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Key takeaways: A more holistic approach to student thriving considers external factors in a student’s environment that may impact their performance. The holistic model seeks ways to support students as […]

Job Opening: Assistant Director for Research and Evaluation
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The Teaching + Learning Lab is seeking to hire an Assistant Director for Research and Evaluation.

Community of Anti-Racist Educators @MIT
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In January 2022, the Teaching & Learning Lab launched a new interdisciplinary community in which 12 MIT faculty and instructors came together to engage in anti-racist work within the context […]

Options for Final Exams – Updated Spring ’22
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In light of the recent uptick in the number of students affected by Covid on campus — and the imminent start of final exams — you may want to consider how you will address student absences and overall student & instructor anxiety around in-person final exams.

Creating Learning Environments to Support Student Motivation Post-Pandemic
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On March 30, 2022, TLL hosted a talk by Professor Carlton Fong of Texas State University on the many ways the COVID-19 pandemic impacted student motivation. Professor Fong discussed evidence-based strategies to maximize student confidence, learning, support, and belonging.

Maintaining Academic Continuity during Spring 2022
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We provide here a listing of resources that we hope will benefit you, your instructional team, and your students.

Mid-semester Formative Feedback
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Collecting formative mid-semester feedback is an extremely effective way to gain targeted and specific information from students about what aspects of the subject support their learning.

Addressing difficult events in the classroom
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This page provides pedagogical tools and resources for addressing charged, difficult, and/or stressful issues while remaining sensitive to the range of opinions, emotional reactions, and potential for student harm.

How the Pandemic Changed My Teaching: The Moral Dilemma of Going Back
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On February 16, 2022, we hosted a talk by Professor Eric Mazur of Harvard on how the COVID-19 pandemic transformed his approach to teaching introductory physics and why he is keeping many of the changes going forward.