Tag Archives: engagement

The Minutes Before Class Begins

Many of us arrive to our classrooms without time to spare.  We then concentrate on taking attendance, turning on the computer and projector, or reviewing our lecture notes. Meanwhile, our students sit silently, gazing at their phones.  We may not … Continue reading

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Why You Should Flip Your Classroom

Empirical and anecdotal evidence demonstrates that the flipped classroom model can improve learning, attendance, engagement, and overall enjoyment. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try! Continue reading

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Crafting a Learner-Centered Syllabus

In self-report surveys, students indicate they consult syllabi fairly regularly (Calhoon & Becker, 2008)1.  Yet professors’ exasperated refrain “It’s on the syllabus!” has become so clichéd, it has been turned into a whole host of memes and paraphernalia. Why do … Continue reading

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How to Pin a Tweet (and why you’d want to)

I’ve been using Twitter with my students for the past three years.  Just about every day, I share resources such as links to articles, Youtube videos, memes, and other media that are relevant to our course content.  I also use … Continue reading

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Take Your Students on a Twitter Scavenger Hunt

Last month, I wrote about making the most out of the first day of class, including using fun icebreakers.  This semester, I decided to use an icebreaker that served two purposes: allow students to get to know one another and … Continue reading

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Icebreakers That Don’t Suck

In previous posts (1, 2) about the first day of class, I argue that icebreakers can be so much more than obligatory traditions that make us cringe.  They don’t simply introduce students to students and students to instructor.  Rather, they … Continue reading

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Gather Student Feedback with ClassKick, Plickers, & GoSoapBox

When you teach, do you encounter this scenario? Instructor:  “Does anyone have any questions?” Students: blank stares and shaking heads Instructor: “So it all makes sense?” Students: blank stares and nodding heads Based on this nonverbal feedback, you assume the … Continue reading

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Feedback Fast!

UPDATE 4/13/2016: Unfortunately, Feedback Fast is no longer available in the U.S. app store. Have you ever given a speech, perhaps a conference presentation or sales pitch, and desperately wished you knew what the audience was thinking? The FREE app … Continue reading

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Student-Directed Learning

“Wait, you mean we get to choose what we want to do?” “Yes.” “Like we have options?” “Yep.” “So we get to pick our projects?” “Uh huh.” “Cool.” I love students’ reactions when I announce they will be able to … Continue reading

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“Anyone? Bueller?” Increasing Participation using Poll Everywhere

If you’re a hardcore John Hughes fan, you’ve probably seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) a zillion times.  Thus, you probably know that Ben Stein’s character, an economics professor, never actually says “Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?”  Instead, he says these … Continue reading

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