Engaging Students

  • Introduce yourself to students and explain your interest in the curriculum.
  • Invite students for a private meeting to discuss their learning needs.
  • Include a disabilities statement on your syllabus.
  • Learn about your students’ backgrounds and previous experiences with course content through discussion or survey.
  • Make expectations clear and define how you will handle exceptions to these.
  • Start by telling students what you will cover and offer a visual outline.
  • Assess students’ prior knowledge about session topic.
  • Pre-teach critical vocabulary and concepts.
  • Seek out students who are not participating or producing quality work and invite them to discuss their issues privately. Determine if a referral is needed.
  • Appoint notetakers who will upload their notes to a class site for everyone’s benefit.