Active Learning Ideas: The Idea Line-Up


Idea Line Up The idea line up is a structure that allows a teacher to use the diversity of perspectives in the classroom to generate heterogeneous groups of students for discussion. Procedure The teacher provides a question that (s)he knows may have a continuum of responses, especially if it is asked prior to collecting significant amounts of…

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Active Learning Ideas: The Jigsaw Method


The jigsaw technique is a method of organizing classroom activity that makes students dependent on each other to succeed. It breaks classes into groups and breaks assignments into pieces that the group assembles to complete the (jigsaw) puzzle.

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Active Learning Ideas: The Muddiest Point


MUDDIEST POINT The concept of the Muddiest Point arose when Harvard’s Professor Mosteller, after 42 years of distinguished teaching in statistics, figured that no matter how polished they seemed, some classroom explanations could still be improved. By performing the Muddiest Point activity you allow for student reflection and provides information to instructor in time to…

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Active Learning Ideas: The Note Check


Students do a great deal of their learning through reading, but they often receive little instruction in how to read effectively. Active learning exercises such as summary and note checks can help students process what they’ve read and help them develop the ability to focus on important information.

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Active Learning Ideas: The One-Minute Paper


One Minute Paper/Free Write The Minute Paper is a very commonly used classroom assessment technique. It really does take about a minute and, while usually used at the end of class, it can be used at the end of any topic discussion. Its major advantage is that it provides rapid feedback on whether the professor’s…

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Active Learning Ideas: Polling


Polling Having students vote anonymously on what they perceive as the best explanation/answer to a question, followed by opportunities to discuss their ideas with peers, and then to vote again leads to greater learning of the material. It is important to have students discuss why they think their explanation is the most accurate and also…

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Active Learning Ideas: Posters & Gallery Walk


Posters & Gallery Walk

A “Gallery Walk” is an activity that allows participants/students to discuss and display their final work around a room much like artists would display their artistic pieces in an “exhibit.”

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Active Learning Ideas: Think-Pair-Share


Think-Pair-Share 

A simple yet effective active learning strategy that includes elements of both individual and group/team work.  This strategy requires students to reflect on their own individual knowledge in order to explain their reasoning to others. 

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Active Learning: An Introduction


The following link is a pdf of an article by Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/ALpaper(ASQ).pdf The end of the article features a frequently-asked questions section that may provide some valuable information for those instructors struggling with adding active learning strategies in the classroom.

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Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning


http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/three-critical-conversations-started-sustained-flipped-learning/

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