Teaching Tips

Teaching continually improves through reflection, revision, an openness to learning, and a commitment to excellence. Below we’ve compiled a collection of Teaching Ideas that will support you in the classroom whether you are new to the college or a seasoned faculty member. Check out the links below and check back often for updates!

Have a great resource that you would like to share? Send us a note and the link to teaching@senecacollege.ca.

Getting Started

Need tips for a great first day or a great semester? Starting off right is essential for a smooth and enjoyable learning experience for both students and faculty. Take a look at these excellent resources from Iowa State University and Stanford University.

Berkeley Teaching & Learning: What to Do on the First Day of Class

10 Ideas for a Great First Day

Make the Most of the First Day of Class

Starting the Semester

Great Beginnings: Things to Do Early in Your Class

Engaging Students

Student engagement requires active strategies on the part of the professor and a variety of methods. Take a look at these resources from Washington University and Iowa State University for some great suggestions.

Creativity in the Classroom

Groups and Group Work

The Toolbox is an online professional development newsletter offering innovative learner-centered strategies to faculty.

Active Learning

Durham College – Learning Techniques – (11 short videos)

University of Minnesota Center for Teaching and Learning – resources for incorporating active learning into your courses

The Parade of Games

Overcoming Teaching Challenges

Solve a Teaching Problem
Have a teaching “problem”? This site from Carnegie Mellon University has practical strategies, grounded in educational research and learning principles, to address many teaching problems.

Icebreakers, Energizers, Warm-Ups and Closers

Here are some resources for icebreaker and warm-up activities:

Icebreakers for the College Classroom from Faculty Focus

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning from Faculty Focus

Icebreaker Activities from Lansing Community College

10 Warm Ups for Lesson Plans from About Education

Ice Breaking Activities (PDF) from ion (Illinois Online Network)

10 Party Games to Energize Your Classroom from About Education

Networking “BINGO” activity (Word document) – feel free to modify this activity to use in your class

Airplane Icebreaker - from Edutopia