Engagement and Motivation

Maintaining Student Involvement in the Large Classroom

Many who work in education today are being tasked with doing more with less. This can reach to the classroom and result in larger sections as more students are allowed to enroll in each. Large classes are also nothing new for many first- or second-year survey or pre-major courses. No matter the reason for the larger class size, students may exhibit a tendency to hold back their responses — or their attention — in a large lecture hall. Thus, to combat a tendency towards passivity among students, it’s vital to have a strategy for keeping them actively engaged during Read More…


Learning With Style

Within one audience, you’ll find a variety of people, each of whom prefers to absorb material in a slightly different way. Below, Dr. Clayton Austin discusses the various types of learners and offers some tips for honing your courses to accommodate them.
 
I walked into the sandwich shop, quite damp from the rain outside. Working through the crowd, I stepped into line and opened my umbrella. Among the strange looks, pointing fingers and whispers, I kept my gaze straight forward. But inside, my stomach was churning. Would I actually be able to eat after this?
 
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Learning Style Adjustment – Tips for Your Students

Though many people try to tailor their class time and courses to reach multiple types of learners, it would be nearly impossible to expect you to be able to adapt to and reach every student based on their individual learning style. But – you can give students tools to be able to adjust their learning style to fit your teaching style with a couple of tips from Constance Staley’s FOCUS on College Success.

    Make the translation. Find ways that you as a learner can translate your instructor’s teaching preferences to fit your learning preferences. For example, if you need
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Learning Preferences of Today’s Students

Curious about how today’s students prefer to study and learn? Recently, Cengage Learning’s 4LTR Press team conducted a survey among students, asking their preferences for print or digital resources in the educational context. Review the results for a quick snapshot of what they’re thinking. You may find the trends interesting!


Five Reasons NOT to Use Active Learning in Your Class

Why would you want to include a new way of teaching into your classroom when its benefits are so clear? With a wink, read on to learn about five reasons why you shouldn’t take advantage of an active learning model in your classroom: If you don’t lecture, you’ll lose control of the class.
Nobody wants their classroom to look like a scene from Lord of the Flies, unless of course you’re teaching theater – you get a pass. In fact, some faculty could worry that student interaction will lead to chaos in the classroom. While it’s true that with Read More…


What Do You Mean, Active Learning?

Active learning can conjure images of getting up and doing jumping jacks in classroom aisles. For many of us, escaping the grips of high school gym class never came soon enough and it’s probably not something we’d like to revisit. Never fear. When we talk about active learning, we aren’t being that literal. But what is active learning, and why is it important in today’s classroom? In Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lectern, Constance Staley writes that today’s teachers are encouraged to take a more facilitative role in the learning experience – an approach that she writes “Requires a Read More…


Steps for Maintaining a Healthy Attitude

In her book FOCUS on College Success, Constance Staley offers students eight tips that can bolster their attitudes and set them on a path towards positive personal achievement. Perhaps a few of these suggestions will give you some encouragement as well! Know that you always have choices. Regardless of circumstances, you always have a choice, even if it’s limited to how you choose to perceive your current situation.
Take responsibility for your own outcomes. Blaming others simply reduces your own power to work toward constructive responses to challenges.
Convert turning points into learning points. Instead of beating yourself up when things don’t go well, figure Read More…


Identifying – and Managing – Students’ Expectations

When students enter your classroom or library for the first time, they bring with them their concerns about their future experiences, as well as their high hopes for positive outcomes. Though some of their preconceptions may be based on projection, rumors, or sheer nervousness, taking the time to know and understand the motivation behind students’ expectations can set the tone for an engaging and productive experience. Rather than try to guess what students are thinking, you may decide to devote some time to a question-and-answer session during your first meeting. In addition to learning more about the students, you’ll Read More…