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Classroom engagement

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Classroom engagement

  1. 1. CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT Through Active Learning and Storyboarding
  2. 2. FAVORITE QUOTES • “Learning is not a spectator sport” (Chickering and Gamson, 1987, p.3) • “Students learn what they care about and remember what they understand” (Ericksen, 1984) • “All genuine learning is active, not passive. It is a process of discovery in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher” (Adler, 1982) • “One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it—you have no certainty until you try” (Sophocles, 5th c. B.C.) • “The amount of information retained by students declines substantially after ten minutes” (Thomas, 1972)
  3. 3. OBSTACLES • You cannot cover as much course content in the time available. • Devise active learning strategies takes too much pre-class preparation. • Large class sizes prevents implementation of active learning strategies. • Most instructors think of themselves as being good lecturers. • There is a lack of material or equipment needed to support active learning approaches. • Students resist non-lecture approaches. • The fear of failure.
  4. 4. OVERCOMING OBSTACLES • You cannot cover as much course content in the time available. • Find other ways to ensure students learn course content (reading and writing assignments, classroom exams, etc.) • Devise active learning strategies takes too much pre-class preparation. • The amount of pre-class prep time needed to implement active learning strategies will be greater than that needed to “recycle old lecture materials”. • Large class sizes prevents implementation of active learning strategies. • Small group activities is a great solution to large class sizes. • Most instructors think of themselves as being good lecturers. • Teaching does NOT equal Learning • There is a lack of material or equipment needed to support active learning approaches. • Forming pairs to evaluate material does not require equipment. Many classroom activities do not have to require equipment. • Students resist non-lecture approaches. • Students are comfortable with passive learning as this is what they are use to. If active learning is present from the beginning, students will begin to think it is the new norm and conform. • The fear of failure. • Being HUMAN. Recognize errors and communicate when they happen. Make light of it.
  5. 5. STORYBOARD What do you want them to KNOW? What do you want them to DO? Outline the active learning process with learning objectives. Create a blueprint with content and media.
  6. 6. ACTIVE LEARNING IDEAS

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