P419: Before you begin: Engaging students prior to implementation of student-centered pedagogies
Student-centered pedagogies engage students in active participation during class time. We have found that we need to engage students in active participation prior to class time. This engagement prior to class is important for most methods of instruction from lecture to student-centered. Students who have little to no prior engagement in class material find it difficult to build or construct knowledge. We have been frustrated by students’ inability to come prepared for class. To counter students’ lack of preparation we have implemented several methods. We use the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IFAT) to quickly assess students’ knowledge of concepts when they arrive in the classroom. This methods involves students answering several questions. The answers are recorded on special IFAT sheets and students know immediately if the answer is correct. Implementation of Plan 426 is used to encourage students to complete daily homework. Students, at the beginning of each class period, are asked to respond to two homework questions selected from a number that have been assigned. Groups of four students are given only one or two minutes to record their answer. This group work involves communication, teamwork and problem solving for a group to be successful.