Teaching in Context: Improving Student Participation
How do you encourage
student participation in your courses?
- participation is impacted by the technology of the classroom:
chairs that don't move!
- relating personal experience, posing questions, is e-mail too
- use a variety of formats, including web, small groups by
- bulletin boards to augment class discussion: student led
- stick and carrot? require for grade?
- if the room doesn't work, move!
- variety of teachers
- collaborative groups - what skills are needed?
- meaningful from student point of view
- active practice
- building a framework for learning
- choose presentations that match individual learning styles,
give presentations in class
- building relationships
- focus on process
- in class writing to open up discussion
- discussion based on assignments
- use e-mail to comment on labs/ assignments
- have student ask a question about the topic
- we can talk well on things about which we have strong
- level of participation is situational
- provide alternative ways to participate based on student
- group administered/graded quizzes
- how do you judge the quality of participation?
- potential for role-playing
- have students design own projects: present to class with
- get out of the classroom
- don't feel guilty for straying from the proscribed path
Last modified: 13January 1999 -- HGreenberg
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