5 Minute Magic: Promoting student success through engagement Presented by Colleen Packer, Department of Communication

What can you do at the beginning, middle and end of class to engage students?

Students cite relationships as the most important and memorable aspect of college (Chambliss & Takacs, 2014).

Engage with students before class.

Help students better organize material (Ambros, et.al, 2010).

Activate students' prior knowledge...

What about during class?

Provide opportunities for students to connect with content and each other (Ambrose, et. al, 2010).

Writing-to-Learn (Bean, 2011)

Cooperative Learning Strategies

(Kagan 1990; Gillies, 2007.)

Identify a television show, film, etc. and explain how it illustrates a course concept from class.

Describe how today's course material connects to last week's.

What about the last 5 minutes of class?

One minute papers

(Angelo & Cross, 1988)

Write the most important thing you learned today and why it matters to society.
What questions still remain in your mind?

Closing the Loop: If we want students to learn, they must be able to make their own connections between content and their world (Lang, 2016).

What did you learn in today's class?

What can you use in your class next week?

For questions, please contact Colleen Packer: cpacker@weber.edu

Sources cited:

Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., Norman, M.K. & Mayer, R. E. (2010). How Learning Works: 7 Researched-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Angelo, T. A. & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bean, J. C. (2011): Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass

Chambliss, D. F. & Takacs, C. G. (2014). How College Works. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press.

Gillies, R. M. (2007). Cooperative Learning: Integrating Theory and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kagan, S. & Kagan, M. (1990). Cooperative Learning Structures. Educational Leadership, 1, 12-16.

Lang, J. M. (2016). Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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