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Making the Most of Your First Day of Class
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In his Advice Guide: How to Teach a Good First Day of Class (login or certificate required), Jim Lang offers some sage, practical, and research-based suggestions for instructors on making […]

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Leveraging Best Practices to Support Community, Wellbeing & Belonging
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Additional Resources from TLL’s December Speaker Series Talk General Office of Student Wellbeing (DSL) DoingWell.mit.edu (DSL) Flipping Failure (TLL) Community Wellness at MIT (MIT Medical) TLL blog posts and pages […]

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Fostering Academic Wellbeing in the Classroom
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By creating a supportive culture through class practices, norms, and policies, faculty and instructors can play a vital role in supporting students’ well-being in the classroom. In addition, faculty and instructors can help students understand how well-being affects all aspects of their experiences inside and outside the classroom.

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.

Trauma-Informed Teaching
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On October 26, 2021, we hosted a talk by Dr. Mays Imad on Trauma-Informed Teaching. Dr. Imad’s talk built on neuroscience research on trauma and learning and her experiences using trauma-informed teaching practices in the classroom.

How Are Our Students Doing, Really?
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One of our biggest concerns in 7.012, a large introductory biology course, was helping our students connect with one another and with the teaching staff during the remote semester. With 500 students enrolled, it felt daunting to be tasked with checking in on all of our students regularly, especially when they were tuning in from all over the globe.