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The Prediction Step

A key feature of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations is the requirement that students predict the outcome before they begin an activity.

Why it matters

Research on in-class demonstrations shows that "students who predict the demonstration outcome before seeing it display significantly greater understanding." (Crouch 2004) For descriptions of the prediction step to create a "time for telling" in a variety of disciplines see Derek Bruff, Teaching with Classroom Response Systems

Students are more engaged

Students connect their in-class work with prior experiences

Students are required to document their prior thinking explicitly

Techniques for student predictions

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