13 March 2014

I’m currently working on a course with a colleague, Frank as–although he is a content expert–we’re using Team-based learning and I have more experience in that teaching strategy.

The class kind of got away from me yesterday.

The first session each week is focused on what TBLers call readiness assurance; an individual quiz and a group quiz. At the end of the group quiz one is meant to talk about any learning gaps/misunderstandings that arise through the testing process.

Alas, I didn’t manage to do that part well (if at all). The students were generally heavily engaged in preparing appeals for the questions they thought were wrong. As a result I did not get their attention so I then did not walk them through where their thinking was right and good and where they did not understand the material well.

This I think may set up an unhelpful dynamic if it continues.

So, next time, I need to find away to get them to focus collectively–rather than as individual teams–on the issues they had. Perhaps I could be more bossy about it, or perhaps I need to explain what I say happening and what might/is a better way for us (them and me) to respond to the situation.