A Word From Jack: Small Teaching Book Review

Posted by Jack Narayan

I recently read the book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang, and can’t recommend it enough to all of you. James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with several small, but powerful ideas—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies bridge the gap between research theories and the actual classroom experience.    

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A Word From Jack: Three Edtech Trends for the Digital Age

Posted by Jack Narayan

I recently had the privilege of presenting at a local education conference, Scaling STEM. Below is a brief overview of what I shared about the top trends I'm seeing in this industry today. I also plan to share the actual video of my presentation with you as soon as it is live. 

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A Word from Jack: Must-Read Books on Learning Strategies

Posted by Jack Narayan
Cognitive scientists claim that students can improve their understanding and retention by adopting more effective learning strategies. Because students are unlikely to adopt these strategies on their own, instructors can teach these strategies and encourage their students to put them into practice. By simply shifting study habits, students should soon see convincing results in faster, easier learning. 
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Supporting the Success of Nontraditional Students

Posted by Jack Narayan

Who is the nontraditional student? They are typically students over the age of 25. They may be returning to college to complete a degree or just starting their college careers. These students are a diverse group with life experiences that don’t mirror that of their younger peers, with responsibilities outside of the classroom that often take precedence over their coursework. The majority of nontraditional students attend school part-time, while balancing work and often parenting along with their studies. These circumstances create a different set of challenges from that of a traditional student, challenges that can impact completion of a course or degree attainment. This is coupled with the fact that most nontraditional students are commuters and can often feel disconnected from campus life. Add to that the challenge that a large number of nontraditional never graduated high school and instead obtained their GED, which can negatively impact their self-esteem. It is clear that this student population needs extra support and encouragement to succeed. 

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From Low Tech to High Tech: An Evolution of Teaching

Posted by Jack Narayan

My journey as a teacher began in 1959 in Guyana. I began teaching in a rural elementary school classroom with no electricity. My very first students solved math problems on slates. Since that initial teaching job 56 years ago, I have gone from the low tech of the classrooms in Guyana to the high-tech environment at WebAssign where I am the Chief Academic Officer. While these experiences have significant differences, the passion and love I developed for engaging students has remained unchanged and continues to inspire my work. Understanding the challenges instructors face in the classroom provides a unique perspective that helps inform my current work.

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A Word From Jack

Posted by Jack Narayan

In my 56 years as an educator, many things in the classroom have changed dramatically, however, my goal to promote student engagement and student learning has remained steadfast.

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