Want a quick activity to help your students go deeper? Here's a set of four questions that will increase student interaction with course material and improve their learning ability and testing evaluation.
“Identify one important concept, research finding, theory, or idea… that you learned while completing this activity.”
“Why do you believe that this concept, research finding, theory, or idea … is important?”
“Apply what you have learned from this activity to some aspect of your life.”
“What question(s) has the activity raised for you? What are you still wondering about?” [You might need to prohibit the answer “nothing”.]
You can modify these questions as you like or as the material demands. The key is to make the question easy to understand, but challenging to answer without critical thinking on behalf of the students.
This teaching tip is from Maryellen Weimer, PhD, in the Teaching Professor blog. She reviews the work of Dietz-Uhler and Lanter and gives more ideas on using the four-question technique. Read the whole post.