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Offline hayleypark

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Ask questions when you take attendance
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:07:35 PM »
Some of you might already know this, but I still wanted to share with you just in case! I just learned this trick from a fellow instructor and am having fun with this, so I hope you find this helpful, too.

When you take attendance, do you just call your students' names (and they say "yes" or "here")? Instead, you could pick a fun question for the day and ask them answer the question when you call on them. For example, I asked "what's your favorite restaurant in town?" or "what did you do this weekend?" and instead of just learning who's absent or not, I learned so much about their personality and characteristics :)

At first, I was worried that my students might find this childish and uninteresting (they are international graduate students here in the US), but they actually liked the change a lot!

Hope this helps and you give it a try, too.