Class Management

Questions to Ask Yourself When Students Won't Participate

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“Questions to Ask When Students Won’t Participate” (online article) turns the interrogative focus to instructors and their pedagogy, “encourage[ing] teachers to take inventory of what’s occurring in the classroom” by asking, “Is there something else that might be done [by me] to encourage students to get involved?”

Attendance: To Record or Not to Record

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"Attendance: To Record or Not to Record. If That Is the Questions, Here Is the Answer" (post) outlines a few salient points from the research on taking attendance in classes.

1. "Attending lectures improves performance."

  • "[A]ttendance is not just a predictor of performance in college, it is a better predictor of performance than any other parameter, including entrance admission tests like SAT, high school GPA, study habits and study skills."

2. "Students perform better when attendance is recorded ... merely recorded, not even graded."

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