Sunday, August 22, 2010

11 Things You Could Start Doing Today for the Benefit of Your Students' Writing

Quick and Easy Ideas for Better Lectures

Provide students with a framework for each lecture
o Aim for three to five main points in each lecture.
o Begin the lecture with a high-level question that the upcoming information can answer.
o Prepare a handout of the lecture's main points.
o During lecture, be explicit about what students should focus on.

Don't overload students
o Give students short breaks throughout lecture to review their notes and ask questions.
o Include a formal activity or assignment after every 15-20 minutes of presentation.
o Don't use too many different types of presentation materials at once.
o Don't give students two conflicting things to attend to at the same time.

Students are also more likely to remember information that relates to ideas or experiences they are already familiar with.
o Use examples from student life, current events, or popular culture.
o Ask students to generate their own examples from personal experience.
o Tell students how new information relates to previous lectures in your course.
o Show students how specific skills can be applied to real-world problems.
o Create activities and assignments that ask students to fit new information into the overall themes of the course.

Interactive lecturing activities

Just-in-Time Teaching

Here is some information on just-in-time teaching.

Top 100 education blogs

I need to start working my way through this.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Argument Reconstrcution Exercise

Students reconstruct arguments by supplying missing premises.

Characterizing Rights Exercise

Students practice identifying different kinds of rights (moral, legal, fundamental, special, general, etc.) through a practical example.