Teaching Strategies

This web page has been created to assist you build a repertoire of strategies and activities that you can use in your classroom to deliver important content and curriculum to your students in meaningful ways. There are endless opportunities in the class to invite your students into the learning experience which will deepen their own understanding of the material you are presenting as well as make your teaching experience much richer and enjoyable.

Approach to Planning Content is a useful approach to content planning, whether you develop a course ahead of time or find yourself needing to reduce the amount of coverage during the semester because of time constraints.

Academic Integrity contains a wealth of resources for course directors, teaching assistants, and for your students. Consider resources and strategies to help promote academic integrity.

Active Learning and Active Learning Strategies provides numerous active learning strategies and ice breakers that you can adapt or modify to suit your course and the needs of your learners.

Alternatives to the Essay is a collections of examples of different assignments that can be used to help students develop their critical reading and writing skills and can be used by instructors to assess students’ critical reading and writing skills.

Critical Thinking: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (A  Teacher’s Handbook) is a resource created by George Brown College and funded by HEQCO. The handbook includes a Critical Thinking Assessment Rubric to help design activities and assessments that develop critical thinking; an essential employability skill. There are also several examples of assignments that make use of the rubric as a way to facilitate critical thinking both through individual activities (primarily written assignments) and group discussions. As with any template, it is important to consider how you might apply these ideas to your unique classroom and context.

Engaging Students in Large Classes contains videos of Brenda Orazietti, Nursing Educator in the Faculty of Health at York University, to learn how she engages her students with their learning in large lectures.

Facilitating Effective Group Work provides resources, strategies, and examples for the effective design and assessment of in class projects and lessons designed to teach teamwork skills.

Formative Peer Review of Teaching is a playlist of YouTube videos created by colleagues in the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). These videos discuss a semi-formal process of observing a peer’s classroom and providing formative feedback. These tools may also be helpful in considering a means to structure a peer-review process, or it may inspire you to consider taking advantage of opportunities to participating in a Teaching Wheel, a peer observation process offered by the Teaching Commons.

Globally Networked Learning (GNL) is a collaborative, often cross-disciplinary approach to research, teaching, and learning that connects students from different countries. Using a variety of technologies (including video conferencing and learning management systems), GNL is an opportunity for students to gain and appreciate diverse perspectives while completing a shared assignment. More information and tips for getting started can be found in the GNL Instructor Guide.

What Makes a Good Lecture? contains videos that illuminates what Rebecca Jubis, Psychology, Faculty of Health at York University does when she gives student lectures.

Managing Conflict in the Classroom includes behaviours to be aware of such as wisecracks and insults, disagreement and confrontation and anger as well as some suggestions for how to deal with each of these behaviours.

Senate Policies on Teaching and Learning connects you to a variety of senate policies including academic honesty, grading and academic standards, academic disruption, class cancellation, emergency preparedness, weather emergencies, and more.

Supplemental Instruction Supplemental Instruction is a well- recognized approach to supporting student learning incorporating  peer instruction. York is using this approach to support students in high risk courses.

The Jigsaw Classroom: Reading Packet for Instructors The Jigsaw Classroom is an active learning technique designed to encourage and facilitate peer-to-peer learning with an emphasis on a reflective and critical approach to reading course materials. This resource was developed by Professor Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD, School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health