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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Teaching for Success Faculty Success Center Today's Success Tip: A Simple Active-learning Energizer

 Today's Success Tip
A Simple Active-learning Energizer
by Jack H. Shrawder, Executive Director,
Teaching For Success, Faculty Success Center
From the TFS Instructional Mastery Program:
Clarity, Confidence, and Capability

An Active Learning Innovation Break
Here's a creative thinking, brain energizer for your students. Try this easy, change-of-pace opportunity to engage your students in a hands-on creative-thinking and problem-solving learning experience.

The Setup
Divide your class into small work groups of 4 to 5 students in each group. Supply each group with 20 to 25 large paper clips. The exact number is not critical.

The Challenge
Challenge each group to design and create as many paper clip inventions as they can in 3 minutes.

The Process
At the end of the three-minute build period, each group should pick their top three inventions. A small-group spokesperson from each group then explains their invention to the entire class.

After each group has presented their top-three inventions, the class votes on which of the all the inventions is the most clever or creative.


The exercise finishes with appropriate instructor's and students' comments on the creative process. This activity ends on a positive note when the instructor invites the class to give themselves a nice round of applause.
Recommended Ideas for More Teaching Improvement

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    Would You Help? Be recognized and help improve teaching by sharing your favorite teaching tip. For immediate consideration, email your Tip of 200 words or less to Jack Shrawder, for immediate consideration.

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Jack H. Shrawder, Executive Director, TFS Faculty Success Center


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