Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How to Encourage Students to Perform the Assigned Readings

"Reading" the Classroom: Encouraging Students to Perform Assigned Reading by Tonya Kowalski.

"You know that feeling—you're excited about the topic, you've prepared a good opening discussion, and you even have a few active learning ideas to keep your class engaged. But the students' responses make it clear that many have not done the reading, or have not really engaged the material while reading. This post suggests a few basic strategies to triage and address the problem. The bottom line is that classes designed around active learning—both before, during, and after the classroom meeting—are most likely to create a culture of reading among students."

You can read the rest of the article here.

(Scott Fruehwald)

P.S. The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning website has an Idea of the Month page, which contains numerous helpful articles like the above.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2014/04/how-to-encourage-students-to-perform-the-assigned-readings.html

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Comments

Cold calling helps.

Posted by: Otto stockmeyer | May 11, 2014 11:01:19 PM

Tonya's article describes what my classrooms have been like for the past 20 years. For those who doubt her advice, it works. It makes a huge difference, and students, with the usual one or two exceptions, like it. They like being engaged and doing things.

Posted by: James Edward Maule | May 2, 2014 5:56:12 AM

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