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Simple Strategies to Liven Up Lectures!! MCCB Spring Conference Lynnda Skidmore
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Simple Strategies to   Liven Up Lectures!! A. Warm-Ups Focus on biology: To engage the students and make the first 5 – 10 minutes of class focused on a biology subject; create a simple, thinking activity students can work on while they are waiting for class to begin. Some teachers call these warm-ups. They may be assigned points, extra credit or not. It could be incentive to arrive on time, or early. Several examples include: close up views, word scrambles, short case studies or other word games. Topic of the day: Start each class by asking the students what they have seen, heard, what ever about biology in the news (via newspaper, magazine, internet, e-mail, radio, what ever they were told by parents, etc.). Ask each student to bring in at least one during the semester (decide if it is required, optional, extra credit, worth points). Announce it on the first day of class, but remind them throughout the semester. Even if they don’t bring it in a paper form (newspaper or magazine or website) let them just talk about the subject. Just "tell us what you heard" or “Who has a topic relating to biology?” is a good introduction. Reminding them regularly is usually necessary. If all participate (out of 25 students); then that is 25 topics to discuss all semester. Teachers can bring in something to back up if no students provide a topic. It usually leads into good discussions on what we are doing in class. It can take from five to 15 minutes depending on interest. MSRA and our bacteria lab, flu and viruses, stem cell research, etc. It generates interest, gets the discussions going, keeps them looking at the world with a biological perspective (bio is everywhere), makes bio relevant to them (especially non-majors) etc etc. Students consistently say they liked this best when they fill out course evaluations at the end of the semester. Simple, fast, works well. (Jay VanHouten at Delta) Think, Pair, Share: Ask a question and have students think of their answer(s), maybe having them jot them down. After a minute or two, have them turn to the student next to them and compare their answers for a minute or two. Finally, ask for volunteers to share some of the answers they came up with. This works well with broad questions with numerous answers such as What do you know about mammals? or List all uses people have for plants. This strategy gives students more time to answer than just raising their hand, actively engages them in the material, and allows them to learn from a fellow student. Teachers benefit by assessing student’s prior knowledge. B. Quick Assessments
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2009 for the course BIO BIO130 taught by Professor Goralka during the Spring '09 term at Diablo Valley College.

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