Reply To: What teaching and learning techniques have you tried in your classroom lately?

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Brainstorming or having students work through any problem or question in groups has been particularly effective. I’ve found that keeping groups to 2 or 3 students is helpful in engaging quieter or more hesitant students who don’t feel comfortable sharing in front of the class.

I am also a huge fan of the Fishbowl. I’ve been using the Fishbowl for the past 3 years slightly differently than how it’s presented in the Discussion module, but I’ve found that students are eager to participate when discussion is presented in this format. I use the Fishbowl as a way for students to debate controversial topics presented in their readings. Students draw cards to see who starts in the middle as the discussion pioneers, but I allow student to tap the middle students on the shoulder during the Fishbowl if they want to participate and switch places with them. As the instructor, I have also sat in the center chairs with the students to shake discussions up a bit. In the future, I’d like to start using a grading rubric during Fishbowl to further motivate student participation. I don’t require students to participate, and most of my students have been anxious to jump into the discussion, but I think grading students on their participation in Fishbowl would bring a new dimension to it.