Tips from Michael Reksulak:WHAT: A practical summary of successful expectation setting strategies can be found in Sorcinelli (2002)*.Define expectations at the outsetthe challenge => “establishing both a pleasant atmosphere and a code of conduct”design an unambiguous and informative syllabus to clearly delineate behavioral boundariespermit students to help shape classroom policies by inviting reasonable suggestions and objectionsHOWDecrease (the expectation of) anonymity from day one“Background Questionnaire”“Knowing” to encourage civility in large classroom settingsConsider establishing a group of class facilitators
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Here’s a strategy I’ve just started implementing . . . Not 100% confident it will work for everyone yet.At various points in your classes, ask students to stop & write down one key/surprising/interesting point using just 140 characters. After class, the students can use their Twitter accounts to tweet their points.
10½ Strategies for Engaging Students in Large Classes Barbara B. Nixon :: Southeastern University
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