class participation

Stimulating class discussion

Many of us have attempted to engage our students with course material through discussion, but sometimes we are met with silence, bowed heads, and darting eyes. The problem might be that students are often not prepared to discuss the material because they don’t know how to go about doing so, or are not accustomed to it. Another problem could be that we as teachers are not facilitating class discussions effectively.

Using a rubric to evaluate student participation

Many faculty members wish to reward students for class participation; however, devising criteria for evaluation can be difficult. One way to make grading class participation easier is to develop a participation rubric that can be shared with the students in the course outline.   

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