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Supporting our DePaul Community

As educators and advocates within the DePaul community, we recognize how major events can impact us and our students. Often times, these events inspire a variety of emotions and can cause people to feel anxious or upset. When these emotions are present in the classroom it can be difficult to know how to respond and […]

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Designing Your Course

When you work in education, summer can be a time for reflection and revision. Faculty often use this time to rework their courses and syllabi. Traditionally when one revises a course they: Find texts and supporting materials Divide readings and homework throughout the quarter Determine a method for assessing students’ performance And, boom! Your course is […]

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Testing as a Tool for Student Success

Most people will likely tell you they dislike taking tests. I know that I still occasionally have nightmares where I am back in college and have to take a final exam for a class in which I never enrolled. However, recent research tells us that retrieval practice, frequent and short tests over a period of time, […]

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Establishing Student Expectations

I was first exposed to course contracts in graduate school during an adventure therapy course. We spent a majority of our time in class facilitating high/low ropes course and team-building activities. In order for the course to be successful the professor had to establish clear guidelines regarding our participation in the course. I remember being […]

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How to Encourage a Growth Mindset

A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast titled How to Become Batman that discussed the expectations people place on each other and highlighted the story of Daniel Kish. Daniel is blind and he sees through echolocation. He rides a bike, is an avid hiker, and he travels internationally by himself. He attributes this […]

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Addressing Student Stress

Throughout the last few weeks I have noticed my students become increasingly stressed. This stress seems to come from a variety of sources: adjusting to living independently, mid-terms/course work, difficulties with time management, lack of sleep, and financial issues. I believe, as educators, it is important to help students cope with stress. We can do […]

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Helping Students Persevere

I firmly believe everyone should have to opportunity to receive a college degree. In fact, this belief is one of the reasons I was drawn to working at DePaul. DePaul’s mission statement  includes the following: “Originally founded for students from the greater Chicago area, and still serving them predominantly, DePaul continues its commitment to the […]

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