Assign a variety of speaking activities to increase student engagement.

Assign a variety of speaking activities to increase student engagement.
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Action:

  • Assign students to lead class discussions to provide leadership opportunity for students and to more fully engage all students in the discussion.
    • Ask students to share their plan for the discussion either in-person or in writing.
    • Provide resources to students for leading effective discussions.
    • Pomona faculty member Jon Moore has shared syllabus excerpts describing requirements for student-led discussions. Syllabus Excerpts.docx
  • Assign students to summarize the key points from the previous class
    • At the beginning of each class assign a student to summarize the key points from this class at the beginning of the next class.
    • Require that students make reference in the summary to at least one student comment or question from that previous class
    • Ask students to present one question that arose for them while thinking about the key points
  • Ask students to present a contemporary comparison
    • Ask students to prepare a comparison between the class material and something from contemporary life (e.g., from a newspaper, blog, video, song, book, etc.) that strikes them as in line with or contrary to one of the key points discussed in previous class.
  • Assign students to critique any point they wish from the previous class
    • Student pick a claim that came up in the previous class or in the reading (stating and explaining the claim).
    • Students present an original objection to the claim, explaining and defending their reasons.
    • Ask student to consider how one might reply to their critique.
  • Create a debate
    • Team A has 5 minutes to present their position and the reasons for it
    • Team B has 1 minute to consider how they wish to object and then 3 minutes to present their objection.
    • Team A has 1 minute to consider how they wish to reply and then 3 minutes to present their reply.
    • Then Team B has 5 minutes to present its position and so on.
    • The rest of the class can then ask questions of each team.
    • Pomona faculty member Julie Tannenbaum has shared homework excerpts describing requirements for class debates. DebateJT.docx
  • Reason:

    • Varying the structure of discussion can increase students’ engagement.