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Writing in Lectures

Short writing activities in lectures can motivate students to attend lecture and think more deeply about the lecture concepts, especially in large classes where students may be tempted to tune out and log in to their Facebook account instead of listening. Whether having students write at the start of class, in the middle of class, or at the end of class writing about the lecture can help students learn key course concepts. Often called "low-stakes," "low-risk," or "exploratory" writing for minimal grades (such as a participation mark) can help students focused in your class.