Category Archives: Teaching Techiques

How to Activate Your Class

Christophe Vorlet for The Chronicle

“The opening five minutes [of class] offer us a rich opportunity to capture the attention of students and prepare them for learning. They walk into our classes trailing all of the distractions of their complex lives — the many wonders of their smartphones, the arguments with roommates, the question of what to have for lunch. Their bodies may be stuck in a room with us for the required time period, but their minds may be somewhere else entirely.” James M. Lang with the Chronicle of Higher Education describes techniques for transitioning students’ attention from the outside world into your classroom. Read the article here.