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FIRST DAY OF CLASS IDEAS/STRATEGIES AND ADVICE


CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

  1. Teaching Style Survey - Grasha-Riechmann
    http://longleaf.net/teachingstyle.html
    The role teachers adopt in the classroom are reflections of teaching styles. Several inventories of teaching styles exist, and one of these, Grasha's has identified five teaching styles, which converge in a cluster and comprise characteristic ways professors design instructional settings. (Collaborative Learning Techniques, p.28)
  2. Active Learning for the College Classroom
    http://www.calstatela.edu/dept/chem/chem2/Active/
    "Active Learning" is, in short, anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor's lecture.
  3. Using Ice Breakers in Classroom
    http://www.lcc.edu/cte/resources/teachingettes/icebreakers.aspx
    http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_76.htm
    There are many types of ice breakers, each suited to different types of objectives. Here we look at a few of the more popular types of ice breakers and how they can be used.
Introductory Ice Breakers

Introductory ice breakers are used to introduce participants to each other and to facilitate conversation amongst the participants.

The Little Known Fact: Ask participants to share their name, department or role in the organization, length of service, and one little known fact about themselves.

This "little known fact" becomes a humanizing element that can help break down differences such as grade / status in future interaction.

True or False: Ask your participants to introduce themselves and make three or four statements about themselves, one of which is false. Now get the rest of the group to vote on which fact is false.

As well as getting to know each other as individuals, this ice breaker helps to start interaction within the group.

Interviews: Ask participants to get into twos. Each person then interviews his or her partner for a set time while paired up. When the group reconvenes, each person introduces their interviewee to the rest of the group.

Problem Solvers: Ask participants to work in small groups. Create a simple problem scenario for them to work on in a short time. Once the group have analyzed the problem and prepared their feedback, ask each group in turn to present their analysis and solutions to the wider group.



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