Every instructor has witnessed the moment when the in-class dialogue seems to take off on its own, when students contribute spontaneously and organically, when the conversation naturally leads from one idea to the next.It’s magical when it happens.
That kind of classroom environment is not the stuff of myths or legends. Teachers can actually create climates that motivate participation, encourage thinking and learning, and develop interaction skills.
Research supports what most instructors already believe: interaction among students and instructors promotes engagement and learning. Most teachers want to foster participation in their classrooms. The challenge is how to do it.
But not just any conversation will do. Instructors also have to ensure that the interactions enhance engagement and elevate instruction.
The good news is that it is entirely possible. The better news is that access to research-backed activities, policies, and strategies as well as best practices requires no magic at all.
Everything you need to unlock inspired classroom interaction is available in Promoting Learning with Better Student Interaction in Class and Online, a new Teaching Professor workshop.