Besides quizzes, which often seem punitive, what can teachers do to make sure students are reading the assigned texts?
Want to help undergraduates remember what they learned in class? Make them work for it.
A first-day-of-class gimmick that you can make your own.
Kick off class with a test on the reading, and then have students retake the test in groups. You just might lay a strong foundation for more complex thinking.
You don’t have to be an acolyte of team-based learning to see the value in splitting students into groups. Passing out a survey in your first class session is a good way to get started.
Start each class session by asking students to spend five minutes writing about their assigned reading, and you might end up sparking discussion and improving their long-form essays.
Want to improve your classroom planning? Take a few minutes to jot down an outline of what you intend to do—and don’t be shy about sharing it with your students.
It’s easy to look at a long list of A-minuses and wonder if you’re contributing to the downfall of standards. But this is a problem that sounds much worse than it really is.
Can’t wait to be done with the semester? First take a few minutes to evaluate your performance in and around the classroom. By the time next fall rolls around, you’ll be glad you did.
In teaching, as in writing, how you end each class period is as important as how you begin it.
By April, that initial burst of enthusiasm you felt about this spring’s courses has waned. Come to think of it, your students don’t seem all that engaged, either. How do you right the ship?
Want to motivate your students to work harder? Let them know how they’re doing, early and often.
Believe it or not, introducing random chance into our classrooms can have a positive effect on how much students prepare—and how much they learn.
Teaching our students how to plagiarize isn’t as crazy as it sounds. In fact, it’s just the kind of tactic we should be trying.
Sure, it's hard to get excited about testing. But frequent, low-stakes quizzes or exams may lead to better retention and less stress.