MAKE CLICKERS WORK FOR YOU:  WRITING QUESTIONS AND EFFECTIVE FACILITATION

Stephanie Chasteen, Science Teaching Fellow, Physics

Clickers can be a powerful tool for questioning your students, to increase student engagement and learning, and give you valuable insight into their thinking.   Clickers can make teaching more effective and fun, but   how does a teacher best use clickers in the class?  What is a “good” clicker question?  What is the right number of questions to ask?  How do we avoid confusing the class if they give me the wrong answer?  In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore research-based tips and ideas for questioning in a way that allow us to achieve student engagement and deep learning. We will focus on the use of “peer instruction” – the practice of requiring students to discuss their answers to challenging questions with one another. We’ll compare example questions, practice writing some of our own questions, discuss common challenges, and share tips on getting students to productively argue and reason through the questions, and ways to encourage all students to speak up in response to questions.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 2:30-4:30 pm

This event will be held in ATLAS 200

To register, please contact: Stephanie.Chasteen@colorado.edu

 

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