We have the same problem. If the activity does not carry some type of point value towards a grade, no matter how important or valuable the information the students will not particapate. They only see value in a grade not knowledge or expiereance.
Plan your work, work your plan, plan to suceed. Fail to plan. plan to fail. Most like to be lead, told each step, then want a grade on how well they followed.
When looking at my audience I look at my group diversly, so that I can meet the needs of all who are there. Usually I'll have a group betweeb 18-35 with a total of 9 and the 10th individual being my 50 year old. Because the age bracket is different I speak to them all at the same time on the same level as not to make my elder student fill left out. Looking at my audience being from different geopgraphic backgrounds also helps for me to better explain certain topics
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It is necessary to understand the basics of learning in order to be able to reach students. If, as instructors, we do not understand how learning occurs and how the brain functions we can not prepare class materials that will reach the students. An example of this might be in a psychology class where the student is faced with an unfamiliar concept. One way that I try to help them understand the concept is by giving them a real life example of where the concept can be applied. I try to use situations that the majority of… >>>
@corpatrick : One of the reasons why Instructors should engage their students is to reinforce what they learned. In addition, students' improve on their critical thinking skills.
ED114 helps check yourself on good practices in the classroom. Questioning is a key to making sure the information was recieved, especialy if you use all the students for feed back.
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