The quote on the right is from the 1919 autobiography by Henry Adams, a descendant of the two Presidents.
If the “difficulty” he refers to sounds familiar—if your classroom discussions could benefit from a jolt of energy and inspiration—you are not alone.
Some of the common class discussion challenges instructors face are:
- asking the right questions – ones that spark ideas and elicit thoughtful replies
- getting the less assertive or shy students to speak up
- the sound of nothing but crickets chirping after a question is proffered
We invite you to attend Tips for Great Class Discussion, from our “Sound (Teaching) Bite” series coming up on Wednesday 9/17 at noon. This one-hour event will be led by J. Dickinson, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the CTL. (Registration is appreciated.)
From Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
From American Astronomical Society Education Office
From Faculty Focus
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