Episode 9: 5 Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less to Break Up Your Lecture and Engage Students with Dr. Barbi Honeycutt
Description: In this episode, I share 5 strategies you can do in 10 minutes or less to break up your lecture, increase student engagement, and improve learning.
One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from faculty and instructors is, "How do I find time to integrate active learning strategies when I have so much content to cover?" It's a very real challenge we all face when designing courses and planning lectures. We only have so much time.
That's why I wanted to take a moment and share a few quick - yet powerful - strategies you can use in any lecture. All of the teaching strategies take less than 10 minutes to do. You can use these ideas at any point in your lecture to re-engage students, focus attention, and assess learning. And, they work in any discipline for lectures, presentations, meetings, and other educational settings.
I start this episode by sharing some of the research about students' attention spans and how breaking up your lecture actually helps students learn how to increase their level of engagement over time.
- Read my blog post and watch the video: What's the FLIP? Learn more about my definition of the FLIP model and how it can help you re-think how you design your lecture.
- Read my blog post: 3 Flipped and Active Learning Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less (includes free bonus article you can download for more ideas)
- Get the FLIP It books for more active learning strategies. The 2 books featured in this episode are:
FLIP the First 5 Minutes of Class
101 Unplugged Flipped Strategies
- Get more active learning strategies and planning tools. Take my 45-minute online mini-course 10 Flipped and Active Learning Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less (individual and institutional packages available)
Review the research: Bunce, D.M., Flens, E.A., & Neiles, K.Y. (2010). How long can students pay attention in class? A study of student attention decline using clickers. Journal of Chemistry Education. 87 (12). 1438-1443.
Review the research: Bradbury, N. (2016). Attention spans during lecture: 8 seconds, 10 minutes, or more? Advances in Physiology Education. 40 (4).
- Review the research: Sousa, D. A. (2006). How the Brain Learns. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.
- Read my blog post: 3 Ways to Use Timelines as an Active Learning Strategy to Engage Students (includes free bonus article you can download for more ideas)
- Check out these digital timeline tools: Office Timeline (free), SmartDraw, TimeToast (free), and MyHistro (free version available)
- Read my blog post: How to Get Students to Read: The Give One/Get One Strategy (includes free worksheet you can print for your class)
- Join the free Lecture Breakers Facebook group
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