ERIC Number: EJ894372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Using Strategies to Break Up the Routine of Lecture: Humorous Stories, Games, and a Play
Brezhneva, Olga A.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v19 n1 p127-147 2008
The Russian-educated author describes active-learning classroom activities that she created and implemented during her first experience teaching lower- and upper-level undergraduate mathematics courses in the United States. The article begins with a discussion of how the author incorporated humorous stories and memo-pictures into the classroom. The next section describes games that she developed for exam-review classes. The final section is devoted to using a play as an effective teaching tool on a special occasion, such as a day before a long weekend or a holiday. The results indicate that the implemented activities and strategies were successful in terms of students' exam grades, class averages, and overall satisfaction.
Descriptors: Class Activities, Play, Teacher Effectiveness, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Humor, Educational Games, Student Motivation, College Mathematics, Photography, Grades (Scholastic), Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Memory
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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