Engage Students

Creative teaching strategies to engage students

FLIP It with Timelines! 3 Ways to Use Timelines as a Teaching Strategy to Engage Students

Here are seven benefits and three ways you can use timelines as a teaching strategy to engage students and improve learning. A timeline is, “a linear representation of important events in the order in which they occurred” (Dictionary.com). However, when you think about using timelines as a flipped strategy, I’d like to challenge you to expand this definition. Think of all the ways students can organize course content in any kind of order. They can [...]

FLIP Your Class with Sticky Notes! 3 Unplugged Teaching Strategies for the Flipped Classroom

Recently, I’ve been exploring the idea of using “unplugged” teaching strategies to engage your students and improve learning in flipped classrooms. Sometimes it’s nice to close the lids on our laptops, put down the clicker, and step away from the PowerPoint© slides. When we unplug the devices, we can create new ways for students to connect with each other, with us, and with the course material. In a related post, I shared an article on [...]

3 Ways You Can Use Index Cards to FLIP Your Class: Another “Unplugged” Flipped Strategy

Use index cards to flip your class, increase engagement, and improve student learning. Index cards are an "unplugged" flipped strategy to use in any class. Sometimes, a tool as simple as an index card can be an excellent way to flip your class, increase engagement, and improve student learning. Index cards are readily available, adaptable to any learning environment, and can be used for to both involve students and assess learning. And, since index cards [...]

Where can I find ideas for new teaching strategies to engage students?

I tend to use the same strategies in class and I’m ready to try something different. Where can I find ideas for new teaching strategies to engage my students? I’m glad you are looking for new ideas to connect with your students! You’re the kind of educator I like to work with! I know you probably have a whole collection of strategies you use to engage students, but it’s fun to explore new ideas and [...]

How do I get students to come to class prepared?

How do I get students to do the pre-class work and come to class prepared? If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone! This is the number one most frequently asked question I hear from educators across the world when it comes to flipped course design and active learning. Unlike courses where content is primarily delivered through lecturing during class time, courses based on active learning and flipped course design rely heavily on student involvement [...]

3 Ways to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Learning environments that depend on student interaction, involvement, and engagement demand both you and your students to be ready, focused, and on-task. When you teach using any of the learning-centered or student-centered approaches, the quality of your class time depends on your students coming to class ready to participate and engage. That’s why I recommend adding a focusing activity to the beginning of class, especially if you teach using flipped or active learning approaches. What [...]

3 Articles to Address Student Preparation and Motivation in the Flipped Classroom

Since January, I've been writing an ongoing series of articles for the Faculty Focus newsletter about some of the challenges we all face in the flipped classroom. I'm not sure how many of you read Faculty Focus, but I highly recommend adding it to your inbox. Colleagues from around the world openly share ideas and advice so you can enhance your teaching and connect with your students. Over the past few weeks, I've been getting some amazing [...]

How to Encourage Your Students to Actually DO the Pre-Class Work

Here's an excerpt from my newest whitepaper "10 Strategies to Encourage Students in to Actually DO the Pre-Class Work in Flipped and Active Learning Classes."   "How do I get my students to actually DO the pre-class work?" I have been traveling across the U.S. since 2011 leading workshops for educators from every type of higher education institution. From small private liberal arts colleges to large research universities, this is, by far, the most frequently asked question [...]

3 (More) Strategies to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work

In my latest Faculty Focus article, I share three more strategies to encourage students to do the pre-class work so they come to class prepared and ready to participate. The three strategies I share are: Ticket to Enter Choose a Side (a more detailed version of this strategy is explained here) Pass the Problem "Cheat" Sheet (a more detailed version of this strategy is explained here) This article is actually a follow up to an earlier blog [...]

You Don’t Have to be a Technology Guru to FLIP Your Classroom: An ‘Unplugged’ Flipped Strategy

Discussions about flipped classroom models have almost always included references to some type of technological tool such as computers, laptops, tablets, and phones. Technology can be powerful, and it has almost become a requirement in today’s learning environments. It has opened the door for educators and students to connect and engage in ways we haven’t been able to before. However, in my mission to expand the definition of the flipped classroom, I want to hit [...]