Handbook of Class Activities
Thank you for downloading, reviewing, and sharing our Conceptual Academy Handbook of Class Activities. This handbook book was created in response to the question: “If I’m not lecturing in class, then what else is there to do?” We know and understand that straight lectures are an important and even vital means of helping students learn. We are advocates for retaining the traditional class lecture. Again for emphasis: WE ARE ADVOCATES FOR RETAINING THE TRADITIONAL LECTURE! At the same time, we are also advocates for also including other means of helping students learn. We see the traditional lecture as just one tool in the took kit. There are many other tools. This handbook is a compendium of our favorite, tried and true and class tested, each presented to you as an idea that you can creatively adapt to your particular situation. You no doubt already have a tool kit filled with many effective tools and techniques. Our goal in creating this handbook is to help you fatten up your tool kit all the more. Variety is key to keeping each class fresh and exciting. For goodness sake. . . please don’t do the same activity class after class through the whole semester. That’s akin to telling the same joke over and over. Again for emphasis: VARIETY IS KEY TO KEEPING EACH CLASS FRESH AND EXCITING!
You’ll note this handbook was written primarily for the college instructor, many of whom face the daunting task of connecting with hundreds of students within a single classroom. Thus, some of the activities you’ll see are specific to large enrollment classes. However, even within these activities we’re hopeful you’ll find nuggets of ideas you might adapt for your own situation.
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How to Study Effectively
While our Handbook of Class Activities was written as teaching ideas for the teacher, we also have an article written as learning ideas for the student. This is “How to Study Effectively”, written by John based upon his decades of teaching experience and also his interpretation of the popular book “Make It Stick” by Peter Brown, et. al., boiled down to a more inviting and manageable 16 pages—double spaced. This article is provided to students within the Doc Share of the first FYI page of each Conceptual Academy course template. We encourage you to encourage your students to study this article on how to study. Those who do, will be directed down the path of doing quite well in your course and others to follow.
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