8 Ways to Better Engage Students with Kahoot!

A recent Student Pulse Survey from Top Hat found that 94 percent of college students wish to use their cell phones in class for academic purposes. If you’re like many instructors, there’s a good chance you’re concerned that phone use in the classroom will become too distracting and that it may hinder your students from participating in discussions, engaging in lessons, and staying on track to achieving learning objectives.

3 Ways Flipping the Accounting Classroom Benefits Instructors

A flipped classroom literally flips the traditional style of learning— instead of in-class lectures followed by homework assignments, students learn the material prior to class through online tutorials. Then they work on practice exercises and activities during class with the aid of the instructor. We recently covered how the use of the flipped classroom can increase student engagement. But what advantages are there for instructors?

Flipping the Accounting Classroom to Boost Student Engagement

We’re all familiar with the traditional style of learning: students settled into desks with notebooks in front of them, listening to an instructor or, in their least favorite classes, fighting the urge to doze off during lectures. Then it comes time for homework, the very thought of which puts a feeling of dread in students’ stomachs. Half the time, it gets completed in a hasty scribble ten minutes before class.

The Elusive Paperless Office

Guest post by Paradigm author Denise Seguin The beginning of the year is a time of reflection, renewal, and purposeful resolutions designed to better one’s life. This year, I found myself thinking about resolutions beyond the typical diet and exercise regimes. I wanted to consider a resolution that would have an impact farther into the future. I started by looking around my home office for inspiration. First, I had to clear up all the paper that had piled on my desk before the Christmas holiday. Ah ha! I had found my inspiration.

Smartphones in the Classroom—The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

If you gather a room full of teachers and ask if they incorporate smartphones in their lessons, be prepared for a passionate debate. I was reminded of this debate recently when I read two articles, both of which were published in June 2017. In one article, the writer advocated that teachers should never ban using a smartphone in the classroom. The reasoning was based on a study conducted in Singapore in which undergraduate students allowed to keep their phones close by themselves scored better on tests that measured their cognitive functioning.

A Fresh Look at Study Habits for Freshman!

By Denise Seguin As the first month of school winds down, many first-year students are just settling into a study routine. The start of postsecondary education is a perfect time for students to reflect on study habits used in high school. Which study habits worked well? Which study habits did not lead to successful results? Are there other study strategies worth trying?

Strategies for Teachers to Help Students Mitigate Test Anxiety

In a test situation, teachers will see some students exhibit signs of test anxiety. They will appear to be overly anxious, some become extremely fidgety, and in an extreme case, a student might leave the room abruptly in tears. While a little anxiety can be a positive motivator for a student to study well, too much anxiety can detract from performance on a test. Test anxiety may be due to insufficient preparation and a feeling of pressure to excel on the test. In other cases, a student may have prepared well but then his or her anxiety causes the student to falter when the test begins.

Conference Prep 101

Author: Selena Hicks Whether you go to conferences every year or you’re about to attend your first, it never hurts to have a few reminders about what to pack and what to do before leaving for a conference. Remember to pack:
  • your most up-to-date business cards.
  • chargers and cords for all of your electronics.
  • comfortable shoes—you’ll likely spend a lot of time walking throughout the conference and exhibit areas.
  • extra layers of clothing—conference rooms are often chilly.

Improve Your Instructional Approach through Student Evaluation

By Denise Seguin Midterm week is when teachers are busy updating gradebooks to report each student’s midterm grade. The focus is on identifying students who are not performing well and developing intervention strategies to help at-risk students improve and ultimately succeed.

Connecting with Online Students

By Denise Seguin I started teaching an online course this fall and was determined to find a way to personally connect with the students I would never meet face to face. I spent some time looking for practical tips to help me connect with each student. Here’s what I learned and what I’ve tried.