Erika Romero

Education YouTuber & Blogger | English Studies PhD

7 Mistakes I Made as a PhD Student

It’s official. I’m Dr. Erika Romero. Erika Romero, PhD. So exciting!! It’s been a hard 7 years as a PhD student, and I’ve learned a lot about myself during this time. In today’s blog post, I’m discussing 7 mistakes I made during my time as a PhD student and candidate. So if you’re a new PhD student or are in the early candidate stage, I recommend giving this post a read and learning from my mistakes. [Here’s my video about my 7 best decisions.]

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5 Types of Participation Activities and Their Learning Outcomes

I do a lot of participation activities in my classes, since engaging in class activities is a great way to keep students involved in their learning experience and a great way to get a sense of how well students are understanding class content. In today’s post, I go over five types of participation activities that I use in my classrooms and explain how these participation activities are used to achieve certain learning outcomes.

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5 Ways to Structure a Week of Class

Keeping students engaged for a whole class period is the dream of every educator. But how can we accomplish this goal? Well, keeping things interesting and different in the classroom is one strategy to try out. If every class session has the same structure, students can quickly grow bored or complacent. So, here are five different ways to structure a week of class. 

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7 Hyflex Teaching Tips After a Long Semester

I’ve made it through a semester of synchronous hybrid teaching AKA hyflex teaching. The following teaching tips are just my top tips after a long semester of teaching most students through Zoom while a few were in class in person. I have a hybrid/hyflex teaching tips video playlist on my YouTube channel, as well, in case you are interested. But, for now, here’s what I would keep in mind if you’re teaching in this form for the first time.

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Increase Student Engagement By Letting Students Design Your Class Sessions

I have some tried-and-true class activities that I do every semester, because I know they work well and/or students really enjoy them. But with hybrid teaching, it’s really hard to get students engaged in class activities. I might have a handful of students in the classroom itself, and then the rest are online, with no webcam on. Silence is a bit too prevalent an event in my class sessions. So, I decided to let my students design the class periods for our third and final unit. Find out how this works and how it went in today’s blog post.

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