Teaching Large Classes: Engaging Students’ Interest CETLA March 20, 2013
Objectives Explain why it is difficult to engage students’ interest in large classes. Test and select possible solutions. Exchange other classroom-tested solutions.
Why is it so difficult to engage students’ interest in large classes? You can’t maintain eye contact or physical proximity with all of your students. You can’t personalize or customize instruction. If you lecture all of the time, students don’t have to participate. Students know that you can’t see them emailing, texting, or even sleeping in class.
We need solutions that will not only get, but keep students’ attention!
Personal Objectives: What do you want to know about today’s topic? 1. Write down three questions about student engagement that you would like your colleagues and me to answer. 2. Listen for the answers during this session. 3. If you don’t hear answers to all of your questions, email the remaining ones to firstname.lastname@example.org. TODAY for consideration during subsequent classes. email@example.com
A Case or Problem The 31-year-old woman floated in the cool lake while her cousins basked in the late- morning sun. It was nearly 100 degrees, and she felt awful. The heat was suffocating, and she couldn't shake the bone-deep fatigue and muscle aches that had dogged her for days. Suddenly she felt her heart flipping around inside her chest like some kind of crazed fish on a line. She felt dizzy and out of breath. Was she having a heart attack?
A Pretest: Which is the most effective way to engage students’ interest at the beginning of a lesson about nursing care plans? Give a quiz on last night’s reading about care plans. Tell a funny story about your years as a nursing student. Display a True/False question about a startling statistic.