- meaningful topics and questions to which the students can relate;
- student engagement with the class (e.g., per-class reflections on excellent readings);
- active classroom (e.g., pair-and-share and collaboration);
- and meta cognition (e.g., self-assessment, mnemonics, best practices).
You can also follow my thoughts on teaching at my blog.
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- Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer (2010). How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.
- Elizabeth F. Barkley (2009). Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty.
- Dannelle Stevens (2005). Introduction to rubrics : an assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback, and promote student learning.
- Ken Bains (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do.
- Barbara Davis (1993). Tools for Teaching.