# Resources for Teaching Large Classes

## General Information About Teaching Large Classes

Teaching Introductory Geoscience: Teaching Large Classes - This collection of pages contains a variety of information on teaching large classes, including**active learning pedagogies**for large classrooms and a browse of examples of introductory courses with 150 students or more.

Early Career - Teaching Large Classes - This page contains useful

**strategies and references**about keeping students engaged, using technology and making it work for you, and getting groups to work well.

Teaching Urban Students - This collection of pages is part of the Cutting Edge and Pedagogy in Action projects and focuses on

**how to teach in urban environments**, including how to handle large class sizes. The pages present information about how to effectively teach and engage students and example activities.

Assessment in Large Classes - Large classes pose a challenge for instructors who need to assess a large number of students in an efficient way. This page hosts a collection of SERC pages devoted to

**assessment strategies and**examples of

**how assessment is performed**in the geosciences.

## Effective Teaching Methods for Large Classes

Pedagogy in Action - Interactive Lectures - It can be difficult to engage students with the material in a large lecture class. This collection of pages on Interactive Lectures has**strategies and specific examples of activities**to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes.

Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations - Interactive demonstrations can also be used in classes of all sizes, as projection systems can make demonstrations visible to students in the backs of large classrooms. In this module you can learn about

**how to illustrate concepts**and perhaps even entertain your class

**with simple demonstrations**. There are several example demonstrations included.

Lecture Tutorials - Lecture Tutorials are

**short worksheets**that students complete in class

**to make lecture more interactive**and thus, they can be effective in teaching large classes. They are designed specifically to address misconceptions and other topics with which students have difficulties. This module provides basic information for what lecture tutorials are and hot they can be used in the classroom. References and examples are also provided.

ConcepTests - ConcepTests are

**conceptual multiple-choice questions**that

**focus on**one key concept of an

**instructor's learning goals**for a lesson. When coupled with student interaction through clickers and peer instruction, ConcepTests represent a rapid method of formative assessment of student understanding and may be useful in assessing learning in large classrooms (especially when used with clickers). This module explains what ConcepTests are, how they are used, and provides references and examples of ConcepTests.

Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning - This page, part of Project Kaleidoscope, explains

**how and why process-oriented guided inquiry learning can be effective**in large classrooms. Links to resources with more information are also provided.

Teaching Metacognition in Large Classes - These pages, by Perry Samson, explain

**why and how he teaches metacognitive skills**in his large introductory classes.

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Exploring Radiometric Dating with Dice part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection

An activity in which students use dice to explore radioactive decay and dating and make simple calculations.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Mathematics

Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration, Activities:Lab Activity

Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration, Activities:Lab Activity

Psychic test part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Interactive Lectures:Examples

Show relative frequency converging to true probability by testing the psychic ability of your students.

Subject: Mathematics:Statistics:Probability, Mathematics, :Statistics:Data Collection, Mathematics:Statistics

Resource Type: Activities

Resource Type: Activities