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Using the in-class exchange of ideas and opinions to stimulate critical thinking.
Annotated bibliography of web sites, books and articles for your further investigation.
Calling attention to good thinking as it is happening can support students' growth into their own new perspectives.
How one teacher uses an increasingly popular technology to get feedback on student understanding and stimulate critical discussion.
Brief moments of low-stakes writing in class can lead students from their own concrete observations into conceptual course material.
You do not have much time to set students' expectations for engagement. Three teachers share how they do it.
Two ways to address the age-old frustration of students not having read before coming to class.
Engage students in class readings with these brief writing assignments that demand divergent thinking.
A sequential small-group exercise designed to engage students deeply in many sides of a complex issue.
Watching others in discussion can sometimes trigger thinking that being a participant would not. This flexible format allows for both.
A powerful small-group discussion assignment that focuses students' attention on applying course material in order to make and justify a specific decision.
Simply making differences of opinion physically visible can stimulate animated discussion among students.
Among the simplest and most popular ways to activate any classroom. In as little as two minutes, students get time to reflect, compare thoughts with their peers, then give you feedback as a class.