A roundup of four intriguing or informative posts and articles from around the internet:
“The Benefits of Peer Learning”
Peer teaching (where students learn from and with each other) is one approach among many available to teachers to promote learning. Students generally feel safer asking other students and they speak each other’s language. When this approach is selected purposefully, and planned and evaluated carefully, it leads to improved learning experience.
“3 Ways You Can Use Name Tags to Engage Students”
Many faculty have students use name tags or table tents on the first day of class to reduce anonymity and establish rapport. In this post, the author shares three ways to improve engagement and collaboration among students using name tags. For example. Use different name tag colors to instantly form groups or pick students with different name tag color to answer questions.
“Bridging the Gap between Pre-Work and In-Class Sessions in the Flipped Classroom”
In flipped classroom, students do pre-class preparation and come to class to apply content or solve problems related to what they have prepared. In this article, the author shares four different low-tech strategies that can help your students connect with your classroom pre-work; 1) class discussion points, 2) case studies, 3) students as teachers and 4) birds of a feather.
“How to Undermine Your Own Authority”
The author argues that we need to convince students that they should learn for themselves and not just for the grade. He suggests giving students some ownership and control over the course, which means we have to give up some of our control. Some interesting tips to undermine your own authority and give students control are offered.