Quick Write

Blitz Thesis

Overview: Students respond to a quote by and formulating for and against arguments on the spot. 

Goals: Encourages students to develop mental agility by constructing arguments quickly and helps prepare students for exams.

Procedure:

  1. The instructor gives students a question or a quote from an author.  For example, this activity was done with two quotes from George Decker and Carl von Clausewitz.  
  2. Students are prompted to argue in favor or against.  They write for 5 minutes and lay out an argument, give Read more about Blitz Thesis

Cells vs. Buildings

Created by Kostia Bergman, Erin Cram, Wendy Smith, Scott Dobrin, Presque Isle, and Judith Roe, this lesson for an intermediate Cell Biology course encourages students to take a big-picture view of the cell by comparing cells to buildings in order to think about the dynamic processes within cells. The lesson utilizes a jigsaw and quick write. Read more about Cells vs. Buildings

Foreign Language Dialogue - Four Days in September

Overview: Students watch an excerpt of a foreign language film without sound and work in groups to craft a sample dialogue utilizing new vocabulary and grammar concepts.

Goal: Grammar development and review

Introduction/Background: In this simple language activity, students employ Portuguese and content knowledge to create a short dialogue that imagines what characters in the film Four Days in September are saying.  (Four Days in September is a Brazilian film based on Fernando Gabeira's book O que é isso Read more about Foreign Language Dialogue - Four Days in September

Name Five

Kellie Carter Jackson, a Harvard College Fellow, created the game “Name Five” for her AAAS118 class. In the beginning of the class, she goes around the room and asks students to list five notable people of different ethnicities to help students understand the world and the power dynamics within it.

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Pre-Texts Poetry

In this activity, students appropriate and manipulate the words, grammar and themes of a “classic” work in order to develop their own styles as creative writers. By turning an iconic medium into a popular genre, students learn that classic writers have done the same thing, borrowing and stealing other people’s words.   Read more about Pre-Texts Poetry

Reflection for Fine Tuning

Overview: This reflective activity is designed to provide the instructor with feedback about students’ understanding of course concepts and about their experience with the course.

Class: HGSE T139 Investigating Learning and Teaching Through Close Collaborative Examination of Student and Teacher Work

Goals

To assess students’ understanding of course concepts and their experience with the course

To give students an opportunity to pay attention to their developing ideas and Read more about Reflection for Fine Tuning

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