Active Learning

40+ Activities to Engage Students at the Start of Class

Decorative: An "Entry" sign


A. "Engage Learners with Bell-Ringer Activities" (post) introduces a variety of warm-up or "entry ticket" activities, "simple 5- to 10-minute task[s] students complete as soon as they walk into class, allowing the [instructor] time to attend to other business (such as taking attendance)."

  • The text elaborates a variety of prompts and activities and lists helpful tips. 

1. Purpose

a. "The main purpose of a bell ringer is to help teachers and students prepare for the upcoming lesson."

b. "To design a bell ringer':

An Easy Activity to Make Assigned Reading Interactive

Decorative: Four file cards


1. "Flipping Foundation" (post) outlines an easy-to-use, reading-based, active-learning activity "to help learners improve their critical thinking skills."

  • "As we consider the need for writing test items at the application and analysis level (key strategy for creating effective exams), it is essential to teach in that way as well."
  • "It is not appropriate to test at the application/analysis level (crucial to assess critical thinking ability) and teach at the knowledge and comprehension level."

2. Preparation: Before Class

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