Small Changes in Teaching: Making Connections
By: James M. Lang
Small connections between course material and everyday life pop up all the time, in almost any course I teach in my field. That probably happens regularly to you, too, both with your classes and your research projects. When we are deeply embedded in our intellectual pursuits, the world seems to orient itself around them. New connections form continually. Reading the news, watching our screens, talking with peers or our children - all of those things become moments of potential connections with our disciplinary passions.
That phenomenon, according to research in teaching and learning, is what separates you (an expert in your field) from your students (novice learners in your field).