I often provide students with a list of 4-6 discussion questions for a reading or film. Students must read the discussion questions before reading/viewing the assigned text. This focuses students’ attention on key concepts/scenes/tropes images etc and helps with note taking. It also leads to more fruitful class discussions. Sometimes I assign specific questions to specific students to prepare in depth. Sometimes I’ll assign discussions and respondents to specific question, as well.
On November 12, 2019, Muhlenberg colleagues gathered to share their teaching hacks. Teaching hacks are relatively simple strategies that we might use to improve student learning or reduce our workload. These strategies might free up additional class time, increase the efficiency of our practices, or better support our ability to work on scholarship or service.