Prepared Students 3-pack
If you want your students to come to class prepared, you have to build your course on the premise that they will be. These three programs show you how to change your course design and teaching strategy so that students are first exposed to content before class.
Encourage your students to come to class prepared
The less you lecture, the more your students learn.
No, we don’t have that backwards. When you build your courses in the right way, your students will come to class with some foundation in the content you’re going to teach.
They will be ready for analysis and synthesis, so you’ll naturally spend less time lecturing and more time on activities that require students to actively engage with the course content.
You can create your own transformative learning environment by adopting a proven model that has worked for other instructors on all kinds of campuses, and you can learn how in the Prepared Students 3-pack.
These programs are included:
- How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared? explores how an active learning course design can naturally motivate students to come to class prepared.
- How Do I Effectively Use Class Preparation Assignments? will show you how to use class preparation assignments, which have students interact with course materials in a meaningful way before class.
- How Do Prepared Students Change the Way I Teach? shows you how to modify your instructional approach when your students come to class ready to learn.
This quick, hard-hitting series will prepare you to modify your course structure and teaching approach in ways that will naturally encourage students to come to class prepared.
You don’t have to try to change your students’ behavior. You simply change your approach, and the rest falls into place.
Product Code: PM15DA
This series of three Magna 20-Minute Mentors presents an active learning model that incorporates class preparation assignments, definitional grading systems, and other elements of a flipped classroom.
This approach has students first encounter course material prior to class.
Then students and instructors work together during class time to analyze and synthesize course content. This leads to higher levels of learning and greater satisfaction for students and instructors.
Magna Publications will get you started in no time with three 20-minute videos that you can view at your own convenience and pace.
Once you begin, you’ll soon realize that the Prepared Students 3-pack is all you need to fill your classroom with students who are ready to learn.
After viewing these three sessions, you’ll be able to:
- Implement a definitional grading system to reinforce the value of preparation for class
- Create and utilize appropriate and effective class preparation assignments
- Use class preparation assignments as the foundation for class-time activities and problems
- Identify and implement active learning activities for class time
- Move away from the lecture format to show respect for student preparation
- Dedicate class time to work that guides students toward higher-level learning
- Implement activities that encourage participation by all students (not just the extroverted, talkative ones)
- Use exams to reinforce the value of class preparation assignments
- Structure courses and manage class preparation assignments (e.g., by pass/fail grading) in a way that won’t create a burdensome workload for you
- Naturally promote deeper engagement in course materials, and elicit better work from your students
- Rekindle your own enthusiasm as you develop stronger connections with students and guide them toward better learning outcomes
The Prepared Students 3-pack was developed by educators who understand the demands on your time.
These are highly efficient sessions that run just 20 minutes each. And to help you implement what you’ve learned, you’ll also receive a variety of supplemental materials and recommended resources.
Take advantage of this extraordinary educational opportunity to transform your classroom and advance learning!
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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