Welcome to the short second week of the semester. We hope your semester is off to a great start. This email includes tips for the second week of class and an easy way to break up lectures.
What are the most important things to do this second week of class?
- Check in with your students about the class, syllabus, and class policies. For example, have students write what they are most excited to learn and what about the class makes them most anxious.
- If students have not yet attended or participated in an online class, go into eServices and report a last day of attendance (LDA). This saves the college money and can free up seats if students are still trying to get in.
- If students want to add your class or switch sections, late registration forms can be submitted through Monday. Please see the note on the form about adding students over your cap. The form is available in a 1/14 email from Michele Copeland.
- If you have not already done so, post your office hours outside of your office door (and within D2L). Remember that we are required to have one hour of posted office hours for each three credits we teach.
What is the easiest way to break up a lecture and make my class more active?
- Have students do a think, pair, share where they think about a question, pair up to discuss with a neighbor, and then share with the class. This is a great way to get all students to participate, even if you do not hear from each one.
- Variations on the think, pair, share are write, pair, share, write/think, pair, square (forming a group of two), share, or you could change the order to make it a pair, share, write or any other variation.
- To help students improve note taking skills, pair students up to have them share what they wrote down so far in class then share what they like about what they saw. You could also have students turn these in so you can provide suggestions for improvement.
- Other prompts might be a specific question about something you just discussed, asking what students already know about a topic before starting it, having students pick out a main idea so far in class, having students state a one-sentence summary of class so far, etc.
- For more ideas:
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- First4Weeks document with
- 26 Strategies for Success in Your Classroom