Seven Easy Ways to Engage Your Students

And Hold Them Accountable Daily

How can you ensure that students read texts as well as listen to podcasts outside of class? By holding them accountable daily in class-without extra grading! Indeed, the best lecture may be a carefully chosen reading-or short recorded lecture-that’s given to students along with a “reason to read.” This allows you to shorten and tighten your lectures by letting students master the simpler points outside of class, giving you more time in class to have the students master the difficult points that require critical thinking (analyze, synthesize, evaluate and create). These changes also help students be more engaged in class. In fact, twenty years of research shows that more engaging approaches help students learn twice as much.


Come hear a brief overview of the research and seven easy ways to put it to practice in your courses:


  1. Ask before you tell.
  2. Use gentle cold calling.
  3. Assign one–minute papers.
  4. Use Write–Pair–Share.
  5. Work with clickers or colored cards.
  6. Quiz daily without grading all the quizzes.
  7. Ask me three questions.


The workshop models each of these practices and demonstrates that teaching and learning this way is fun!


Come and plan how to apply these ideas in your courses.

Workshop Format

This workshop is two hours long.

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