Engage Students

Creative teaching strategies to engage students

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 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 [...]

3 Strategies to Encourage Students to Complete the Pre-Class Work in the Flipped Classroom

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from instructors about the flipped classroom is, “How do you encourage students to do the pre-class work?”  After all, if students are unprepared for the learning activities you have planned for the in-class time, then the flipped model will not be as successful. Usually, before I answer the question, I ask two questions of my own. First, I ask, “How are you defining the flipped classroom [...]

5 Ways Students Say Their Role Changes in the Flipped Classroom

What are students' roles and responsibilities in learning environments that use the FLIP classroom model?  This is the question I wanted to explore with the incoming Pharmacy students at Chapman University's School of Pharmacy (CUSP) during their new student orientation. A little background...throughout the past year and a half, we have been working closely with the faculty at CUSP as they prepare for their first incoming class. We have worked alongside the faculty to develop a [...]

FLIP Your Classroom with the Paired Jigsaw Activity: Build Communication and Analysis Skills

If you want to know how well your students know something, tell them to teach it to someone else. If you find a flippable moment in your lesson or course, but you have minimal prep time to develop an activity, try the “Paired Jigsaw." This activity challenges students to synthesize and analyze information at a deeper level which is exactly what we're aiming for in the flipped classroom. With this strategy, students become the ones [...]

FLIP Your Classroom with this Teaching Strategy: Pass the Problem

In the previous blog post, Sarah shared her nervousness about flipping a recent faculty development workshop at South Dakota State University. This was one of the most read blog posts in recent months, and I started thinking about what that might mean.  Many of you might still be experimenting with the flipped classroom model and learning to become more comfortable with your shifting role in active learning classrooms. Moving from lecturing to becoming a facilitator [...]

How Student Motivation Affects Flipped Classrooms

Flip It Associate Sarah Glova recently facilitated the Flip a Lesson workshop at Pikes Peak Community College, sharing her experience with the flipped model and her specialization in Instructional Technology with the PPCC faculty. Sarah is President of Reify Media and taught in higher education, both in-person and online, for six years. In her first "The One Takeaway" blog post, Sarah reflects on what she learned from the faculty at PPCC as we continue to push the conversations forward [...]