Assignments and Activities
"The Power of Pausing" (post) outlines the research-based value of pausing during lectures (spoiler alert: it increases both short-term and long-term retention) and introduces several, easy-to-implement "techniques that will encourage students to process the information just learned.."
A. The Research
1. In one study, "students ... given three 2-minute pauses during a lecture to review what was just learned ... [and] were asked to share and compare their notes with a classmate" [See Ruhl, Hughes, and Schloss (1987)].
"Show and Tell: A Video Column/Let's Get Jigsaw Right" (post) explains the difference between productive jigsawing and a mere "divide-and-conquer approach to text."
- Effective jigsawing provides the "opportunity to discuss how their assigned part fits within the whole text" so that "the critical thinking that's accomplished through analysis and synthesis ... happen[s]."
- "Jigsaw is a three-step process" designed to "create a cooperative environment in which students would have to rely on one another to be successful."
A. A Pattern for Implementation
1. The University of Waterloo's Centre for Teaching Excellence provides a number of excellent starter resources for "Writing Across the Curriculum" interests: