The teacher works with others to create a positive and safe learning environment for all. The instructor models and requires positive, respectful social interaction and clearly communicates academic expectations: homework is clearly relevant and at the appropriate level of difficulty; formative and summative assessments are designed to promote the students’ ability to communicate what they have learned. The instructor connects course content to students’ prior knowledge and extends and refines students’ knowledge through authentic tasks, such as complex problem solving, critical discourse and civic activism.

Engaging Teaching Approaches

This article written by Devon Quick and Lori Kayes shares how these instructors have worked to promote student participation and interaction in large enrollment courses to promote student success.

Promoting Engagement in the (Sometimes Very) Large "Lecture" Classroom

The following document offers over 100 very quick ideas for engaging and assessing students.

Interactive Techniques

The following graphic organizers can be used to support active construction (or assessment) of student knowledge.

Graphic Organizers

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