Lecture still dominates as the primary instructional strategy used by faculty. Lecturing provides an opportunity to explain challenging material, add interest to readings, and link ideas together. The key to an effective lecture is to add activities that give students time to apply, reflect, and engage with the content. Here are some ideas.
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- Create engaging slides that provide interest, but not the whole lecture
- Provide opportunities to move around the room. This could include swapping papers, putting sticky notes on a wall or writing something on the board. Movement helps learning.
Have students answer a question, then discuss it with a peer nearby. Use these as the basis for classroom discussion.