Teaching Students to Think like Experts

by Kelly McEnerny, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center  An expert guitarist might hear Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” and be able to discern patterns related to a chromatic scale and relate those patterns to other songs – I recently learned from a colleague and professional musician that The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” shares the same pattern as “Free […]

Fostering Critical Thinking through the Socratic Method

by Dipti Subramanium, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Reinert Center As one of the oldest styles of teaching, the Socratic method is an open-ended, inquiry-based model that prompts the students with questions as opposed to providing answers. It is an effective technique for those interested in fostering and promoting critical thinking in the classroom. Often, the biggest misconception […]

Moving from “Why Aren’t They Reading?” to Creating a Culture of Reading

by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Skeptical that your students did the reading?  Chances are you’re probably right to be.  Studies show that on any given day, about 1/3 of the students will have read the assignment (Hobson 2).  Eric Hobson’s IDEA paper*, “Getting Students to Read:  Fourteen Tips,” offers a diagnosis of student […]