Teaching Tricks from the Pedagogy Trick & Treat

On November 1st, the CTE hosted the first Pedagogy Trick & Treat, where faculty came together for a rowdy yet informative hour of presentations or "teaching tricks" colleagues use in their USF classrooms. We created this post to share these great teaching tricks with you. You'll find a short description, handouts, and in some cases audio accompaniment next to each presenter.

The Structure

We were inspired by an idea from Professor, Brandi Lawless (Communication Studies) and by the fall holidays, Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. Following a speed-dating format, faculty moved between stations every 10 minutes to hear mini-presentations by colleagues or "teaching tricks" and enjoy a treat (the caramel apple pops were the most popular).

You can download all handouts from the Pedagogy Trick & Treat by clicking the blue box.

Pedagogy Trick & Treat Handouts

The Presenters

The presenters include:

  1. Rachel Beth Egenhoefer (Art + Architecture)
  2. Brandi Lawless (Communication Studies)
  3. Ben Levy (Psychology)
  4. Mathew Mitchell (Learning and Instruction)
  5. David Silver (Media Studies, Urban Agriculture)
  6. Christine Young (Performing Arts & Social Justice)
  7. John Zarobell (International Studies)

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer (Art + Architecture)

Rachel Beth uses this "100 Influences" exercise as a way to help students articulate their interests and make connections within the context of the class. In this exercise, students also get to know each other.

RB Egenhoefer Handout

Brandi Lawless (Communication Studies)

Brandi's "Article Note-Taking forms" help students develop critical reading skills. Brandi discusses why she began using these forms and their impact for learning in this two and half minute audio clip:

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Ben Levy (Psychology)

In his "Encouraging reminiscence: A retrieval-based 'booster shot' for learning" exercise, Ben found that students benefit when they are given dedicated class time to pause and recall the material. In this five minute audio clip, Ben discusses the particulars of the exercise:

Levy Handout

Mathew Mitchell (Learning and Instruction)

Mathew began using Pecha Kucha Presentations to help his students refine their thinking and locate efficient ways to communicate their ideas. In this six and a half minute audio clip, he explains how helpful this format has been:

Mitchell Handout

David Silver (Media Studies, Urban Agriculture)

In "The USF Campus as a Classroom," David sidesteps the traditional classroom setting and embrace the untapped potential of the university’s many educational settings. He discusses these experiences in this little over eight minute audio clip:

David Silver's Class at Loyola House

Discussion outside the Loyola House (photo by #dmp13 student Elan Bailey)

David Silver's Class in the USF Garden

Kitchen as classroom - USF history professor Heather Hoag visits garden project

David Silver's Class in the Library Commons

Magazine workshop in Gleeson Library

Christine Young (Performing Arts & Social Justice)

Christine employs three techniques throughout the semester to empower her students to take agency in their learning. These "Strategies for Bringing All Student Voices Into the Classroom" are opportunities for students to share personal responses and critical expressions. They encourage students to participate in imaginative ways.

Young Handout

John Zarobell (International Studies)

John's "Synopsis of Causes of Migration Exercise" helps his students conceptualize the moving parts and complex systems surrounding migration. The exercise can be easily adapted for different course content. In this little over four minute audio clip, John explains how this exercise works and its impact on student learning:

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