How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared?
Unprepared students might seem to be a standard ingredient of higher education, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This program shows you what you can do to create the kind of courses that naturally encourage student preparation and eliminate some of the common frustrations of higher education.
Stop trying to motivate your students (and do this instead)
Students aren’t born with it. They don’t find it in a manual or a book.
They certainly can’t buy it off the shelf or order it online. Motivation to come to class prepared is hard to nail down and often even harder to come by.
While you can’t exactly get inside your students’ heads, you can help them find the motivation they need to come to class ready to learn.
That’s because coming to class prepared isn’t really a matter of motivation at all.
It’s really all about course design. And when you build a course the right way, it will naturally encourage students to come to class prepared for what you have waiting for them.
You can learn how to create exactly that kind of course with How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Robert Gillette, Ph.D., and Lynn Gillette, Ph.D.
Twin brothers and flipped course design experts Gillette and Gillette will present the interactive teaching model they use—and have used for years—that supports deep learning and skill development.
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In just 20 minutes you will learn that you don’t have to settle for classrooms filled with unprepared students.
You will also learn that there is quite a bit you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen.
Their interactive teaching and learning model first exposes students to course material before class. Then during class, you will work with your students to apply, analyze, and evaluate the course content.
Gillette and Gillette will explain how a definitional grading system will support this model and ensure that the vast majority of your students come to class prepared the vast majority of the time.
You will also learn classroom strategies that move you away from the lecture, which you won’t need as much—or maybe at all—with this model.
How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared? shows you what you can do to create the kind of courses that naturally encourage student preparation and eliminate some of the common frustrations of higher education—all in just 20 minutes!
When you are finished with this program, you will know how to:
- Design courses using an interactive teaching model that has students encounter course material before working with it in class
- Write class preparation assignments that guide students through reading assignments and then inform and stimulate class discussion
- Design and incorporate a definitional grading system for any course
- Incorporate student preparation in that definitional grading system
- Require student writing without overburdening your own workload
- Design an interactive course that gives students space and time to express their voices, demonstrate their preparation, and exercise their intellectual abilities
How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared? might seem to be a program that teaches you how to motivate students.
What it really does is show you what you can do so you never have to worry about motivating students again. And it takes just 20 minutes.
Dr. J. Robert Gillette joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1994 and is an Associate Professor of Economics. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Richmond in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1986. Before coming to UK, he taught at Texas A&M University and Washington State University, and worked in an economic consulting firm. Dr. Gillette has authored or co-authored economic studies for various public agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the State of California, and for numerous private organizations. He has also given numerous presentations and workshops on teaching at regional and national economics meetings and at colleges and universities.
Lynn Gillette, Ph.D., is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Nicholls State University. He is also the former president of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. During his time as provost and president, he led the college to unprecedented financial stability, increased retention and graduation rates, and increased undergraduate enrollment to record highs. He has spearheaded efforts to increase academic rigor, academic excellence, and innovation, as well as, championing the use of the flipped classroom, active learning, undergraduate research, and the scholarship of teaching.
He has received 13 awards for outstanding teaching and given over fifty presentations at professional conferences on institutional effectiveness, change management, teaching excellence and innovation, and active learning. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
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