To learn more about a particular activity for student engagement, select an activity title to open a pdf with details including an overview, ways to implement the activity, and sample instructions.
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- Blogs (pdf)
A digital journal that can be used to deliver content, foster discussion, or as an informal writing assignment or assessment.
- Case Study (pdf)
Students diagnose the problem in a case study and present an appropriate solution with rationale.
- Concept Mapping (pdf)
A strategy for organizing and representing information.
- Defining Features Matrix (pdf)
An approach to note-taking that has been shown to be more effective than traditional approaches.
- Drawing for Understanding (pdf)
Students illustrate an abstract concept or idea using drawings, graphs, diagrams, flowcharts, or mind maps.
- Jigsaw (pdf)
A cooperative learning strategy that breaks classes into groups and breaks assignments into segments.
- Picture Prompt (pdf)
A method of dual coding that asks students to explain an image or set of images.
- Pro and Con Grid (pdf)
Allows students to consider the advantages and disadvantages of an identified issue, procedure, action, or decision.
- Ranking Alternatives (pdf)
Students rank multiple responses according to provided criteria which allows them to practice identifying the problem and the most appropriate solution given the context.
- Student-Generated Test Questions (pdf)
Asks students to create likely exam questions on specific content topics along with ideal answers.
- Think-Pair-Share (pdf)
This discussion technique gives students the opportunity to respond to questions in written form before engaging in meaningful conversation.
- Twenty Questions (pdf)
Students ask each other questions that have potential responses of yes/no about a topic to identify the concept.
- What’s the Principle? (pdf)
A problem and inquiry-based active learning approach where students identify the principle/approach that is underlying a given problem or scenario.
Considerations When Choosing an Activity
- What preparation is expected of students?
- How will you evaluate students’ work?
- What do you hope students accomplish by participating in this activity?