These teaching tips offer suggestions for small-scale interactions with your students, which not only raise student engagement, they often aid significantly in student learning. Our complete list of over 100 interactive techniques provides a toolbox from which to draw ideas. Some of the more common techniques are explained below.
Tip # 1Empty Outlines
Tip # 2Total Physical Response (TPR)
Tip # 3Word of the Day
Tip # 4Pass the Chalk
Tip # 5One-Minute Papers
Tip # 6Muddiest Point
Tip # 7Drawing for Understanding
Tip # 8Think-Pair-Share
Tip # 9Jigsaw (Group Experts)
Tip # 10TV Commercial
Tip # 11Begin with what the student knows
Tip # 12Picture Prompt
Show students an image with no explanation, and ask them to identify/explain it, and justify their answers. Or ask students to write about it using terms from lecture, or to name the processes and concepts shown. Also works well as group activity. Do not give the “answer” until they have explored all options first.
Tip # 13Tournament
Divide the class into at least two groups and announce a competition for most points on a practice test. Let them study a topic together and then give that quiz, tallying points. After each round, let them study the next topic before quizzing again. The points should be carried over from round to round.
Tip # 14Feedback on Index Cards
Tip # 15Concept Mapping
Tip # 16Bumper Stickers
Tip # 17Summary Statement
Tip # 18Peer Review Writing Task
Students exchange drafts with partners. The partner reads the essay and writes a three-paragraph response: the first paragraph outlines the strengths of the essay, the second paragraph discusses the essay’s problems, and the third paragraph is a description of what the partner would focus on in revision, if it were her essay.