News Roundup: Starting Strong and Pedagogical Resolutions

Review tips for starting the year strong as the academic term nears. Plus, we’ve gathered expert insights on first day jitters, connecting with your students, and sparking engaging class discussions. 

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Too smart to fail? Joseph Holtgreive shares his experience with the struggle that high-performing students face in their transition to college and how their focus on grades can negatively impact learning. (Inside Higher Ed)

Semester resolutions. An instructor sets his four pedagogical resolutions for the start of the new semester—“the real new year in academe.” (Vitae)

College ready. To better understand what it takes to get students ready for college, researchers will study the effectiveness of so-called “transition courses” intended to fill gaps in a high school education. (Hechinger Report)

Fresh start. ProfHacker went to the archives to bring together a collection of resources focused on preparing for a new semester. (ProfHacker)

First-timer. Teaching your first class this fall? Get 10 tips from a professor of higher education to make your first semester a success. (Higher Ed Professor)

Make it matter. Leo M. Lambert, president of Elon University, and Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, share what they have identified as the two most important factors in ensuring that students have a “transformative undergraduate experience.” (The Conversation)

21st-century success. To prepare the future workforce for what the future will require, leaders should turn their attention to higher education. (Washington Post)

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