Coming Up: a “brown bag” event on grading practices, December 3 (free period).

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Próspero N. García (Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages) discusses the importance of learning goals in his classroom teaching practice.

Question of the Month: Reading is Fundamental. But how do we teach critical and effective reading? Please share with us (and your colleagues) how you foreground reading in your courses as a strategy for academic success.  Email:

LAST CALL! Two-Sentence Teaching Tips (cont.): We invite you to submit brief teaching tips to be featured in TMAC Weekly and on our website. When we collect ten tips—we’re 5/10 so far—we’ll publish the list and announce a recipient, chosen at random, of How Learning Works, an excellent resource for all educators.  Be pithy. Be profound. Email

Conversation starters: William Pannapacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses new ways of approaching graduate education in the humanities.

At WHYY’s “Radio Times,” a discussion about the rise of plagiarism in many aspects of public life.

From the Bookshelf: What the Best College Professors Do is the culmination of over a decade of research into the nature of best practices in teaching. Author Ken Bain gives insight into the nature of learning, using both the data collected in his research and anecdotes from the classroom.

New TMAC Resources: Following our presentation on “Assessing Your Assessment Plan,” we have updated our Assessment page with more resources and examples to help departments and programs easily evaluate and revise their assessment strategies.

Featured Peer Teaching Center: The Teaching Commons at Stanford University offers resources on teaching topics like technology in the classroom and effective grading methods, as well as a frequently updated blog covering news of relevance to professors.

Upcoming TMAC events:

December 3 (Location TBD) 12:20-1:20 p.m.: “Grading: Frank Talk on Our Least Favorite Activity” — Join us for a “brown bag” conversation on grades, why we grade the way we do and the options available to us.

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