Academic Exchange Quarterly     Fall 2015     ISSN 1096-1453     Volume 19, Issue 3

Practical classroom strategies

In this Fall 2015 issue, six HOW-TO-ESSAYS offer practical strategies for educators to implement in the classroom in order to better prepare students for future employment. Methods in which to engage students and foster learning, introduce critical thinking skills, recognize positive behavior, and prepare for future interviews are all examined in the current issue. Published manuscripts not only provide the background and evidence of success for these strategies, but they suggest also how to apply these methods in the classroom.

In order to better prepare for future employment, Skyler Rossacci and Denise McDonald described strategies to simulate job interviews for students, which teaches social norms and protocols for situational environments, as well as develops self-confidence while interacting with others.

Christine Sereni-Massinger explored five teaching strategies to encourage critical thinking in the classroom. By teaching students critical thinking skills, students will be able to problem-solve more efficiently, making them stronger candidates for employment.

Christine Kenney and Nicole Evans conducted a study on a learning strategy named Text Connections and reveal that when undergraduate students are given the opportunity, they can make meaningful associations from assigned readings which furthers engagement in the material.

A custom designed learning environment is essential in adult workshop classrooms. Nancy Wood and Christine Sereni-Massinger explored teaching strategies that allow adult students to use their experience as a building block for learning.

Blended learning courses are becoming increasingly more common as a method of teaching, being a cross between traditional and online classrooms. Hanna Hlebasko and Edward Lazaros presented information regarding successful strategies to strengthen learning in blended learning courses and how they can affect both students and instructor.

Denise McDonald highlighted a new technique on giving praise to students in order to encourage positive learning. Details on how to implement “Praise Aprons” in the classroom are provided to make praising students more effective.

For more articles detailing how to implement new strategies in the classroom, visit HOW-TO-ESSAY website.
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Finally, this issue would not have been achieved if not for the current contributors’ hard work and willingness to share their expertise. Current contributors are thanked for their dedication and efforts to provide detailed and practical advice on improving education and better understanding of how to support the learning process.

Catherine Dallman
Researcher, Department of Technology
Ball State University

Edward J. Lazaros, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Technology
Ball State University
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