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The" random question " factor.

At least twice a class I will ask my students a completely random off topic question. I use this to challenge there knowledge, to help shift their gears, to push them through a mind numb state.

I use this aproach to bring them back. Lectures can can tedious , even when multiple techniques are used

I like to use this with my students to see how they can react under pressure... no preparation. In most cases, they thank me for making them have to stop and think!


Teaching students to think on their feet is an important part of education. If we can find non-treatening ways to help students build higher-level thinking and learning skills, we have done a great service to those we teach.

Jeffrey Schillinger

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