Best Teaching Practices

3 Top Tips for Engaging Lecturing

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A. "3 Presentation Tips to Help You Stand Out from the Crowd" (post) outlines three simple presentation tips that require practice and planning but can quickly make lectures more engaging and effective:

  • "Make friends."
  • "Make pictures."
  • "Make memories."

Each of these tips -- with practical strategies -- is outlined below (and each is developed more fully in the post).

B. The Tips

1. "Make friends."

Exercise Breaks for Increased Learning

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A. "Sweat So You Don't Forget: Exercise Breaks During a University Lecture Increase On-Task Attention and Learning" (article) "examine[s] the impact of taking exercise breaks, non-exercise breaks, or no breaks on learning among first year Introductory Psychology students."

1. "Three 5-minute breaks were equally distributed throughout a 50-minute computer-based video lecture."

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