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Can you use (have you used) these kinds of prompts to get students to interact with each other in breakout rooms?
91 % yes -- Remember this is a self-selected audience.
I like using “what’s your theme song of the week”
I used a poll and followed it up with mindfulness meditation
Every month I have a breakout in which the students share their challenges and at least one case in which they overcame the challenge
I sometimes asked questions about current events, like for students’ thoughts about Valentine’s Day or the Super Bowl.
I often loosely connect the check in to the day’s content—often with a question first about an experience that relates to the themes— and then about their level of understanding/readiness to discuss the day’s reading.
PS: I’m taking notes—in case anyone wants to add things I’ve missed: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M1IMPnIc-I0SkeN1z6P_r-SWSrKOLA0LxxFYSPMtfio/edit
Random group assignment seems easier online than in person. Also I think students are braver in the chat in big classes (esp when they can DM me) than they would be in a large auditorium. What to do in person?
I have to break off but wanted to thank you all for a great session and looking forward to seeing the recording of the rest of the session.
I’ve done groups of 4 and 2 in Neville in endocrinology classes of 80 or so
the trick to groups in large class rooms are to start by teaching the students the secret signal for “quiet and eyes forward” (the signals used by Occupy groups)
Let students know at the beginning class that it's safe and valuable for them to speak up and continue to reinforce it through out the semester. Henry
Bobby, on behalf of the teachers of those big "gen-ed" courses, we WANT you to connect with the course and we WANT the content to matter to you.
Thank you Bruce!
Is there any data from students who DID feel still connected even given the level of distance we all felt during the past year?
(And IIRC the research suggests you learn the content better if you do more than “get in get out” during the class….)
Great work, Jasmine. Thanks
great presentation, Jasmine!
Some classroom layouts (e.g. tiered) seem to discourage students from getting to know one another and collaborating with one another.
That’s a fair observation, Michelle—I’ve found the small groups *can* work even in tiers—but it’s hard. Sometimes just pairs or groups of three, with clear instructions and a plan for what you do when you return to ‘the big group’
This is a helpful addition to a mask: https://www.fixthemask.com/
enunciate and diction, diction, diction
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Some of us have an accent which makes the masking even more tricky.
Thank you for hosting this! It was really helpful