53 Interesting Things to Do in Your Seminars and Tutorials by Sue Habeshaw, Trevor Habeshaw, Graham Gibbs, Hannah Strawson

By Sue Habeshaw, Trevor Habeshaw, Graham Gibbs, Hannah Strawson

Seminars and tutorials are staples of upper schooling classes - yet operating them good and making sure that they're powerful isn't effortless. fifty three attention-grabbing activities on your seminars and tutorials presents sensible feedback, each one attempted and established, for tactics to enhance your expert perform. The ebook is designed for dipping into to discover rules to dovetail along with your personal technique and context. summary: fifty three sensible principles for the enterprise and working of seminars and tutorials are offered. They disguise: how you can start; student-led seminars; groupwork; pupil participation and accountability; overview; written fabric; and the expression of emotions. for every of the information, an issue or factor is pointed out and a pragmatic educating or studying procedure is proposed. in lots of situations the tactic is illustrated with examples. moreover, strength stumbling blocks are thought of. total, the guidelines are designed to assist reflective practitioners in expert and better schooling increase their repertoire of pedagogical concepts. keywords: better schooling; studying; pedagogy; specialist schooling; seminars; research; educating; tutorials. the themes lined are wide-ranging. They comprise: how you can commence; student-led seminars; groupwork; scholar participation and accountability; overview; written fabric; and the expression of emotions.

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27 Self and peer evaluation 12 28 Chapter 3 Groupwork 13 Breaking up the group 31 14 Breaking up the task 33 15 Sub-groups 35 16 Line-up 37 17 Pyramid 39 18 Debate 41 19 Furniture 43 20 Rearranging the furniture 45 29 30 13 Breaking up the group However small a group is, there are occasions when it is too big to tackle a particular task effectively. Even a group of two can be too big when faced with a new and complex problem, or a pile of unfamiliar literature. Once a tutorial group has been set up, however, there is a tendency to keep working in that size group whatever is being done.

Of course this will only work if during Rosie’s seminar you resist all temptations or invitations to take over. 8 Preparing groups for seminars 20 9 Briefing seminar leaders Students who are to lead a seminar are usually expected to do the preparation for it on their own. If, however, you offer individual students the facility of discussing their seminar with you beforehand, this will give them an opportunity to try out some of their ideas and give you the chance to offer practical suggestions and support.

If you get to the room first, you can greet the students by name as they arrive. You can spend time chatting about the course with students as you wait for late-comers. And then, at the start of the tutorial, you can orientate students to this week’s work by relating it to last week’s and to the total programme and quickly running through what you hope will be achieved today. And in time you can encourage students to orientate themselves, maybe by reviewing last week’s tutorial with a neighbour, or by taking some responsibility for the arrangement of the furniture or the drawing up of the programme.

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