Center for Teaching and Learning

Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning

The Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning (Ford CTL) promotes a culture of self-development, collaboration, and innovation in support of student success. Ford CTL provides faculty and chairs with resources, facilitated conversations, workshops, programs, networking opportunities, and individual consultations centered on topics such as …

  • online, hybrid, and face-to-face teaching;
  • advising;
  • mentoring;
  • leadership;
  • curriculum mapping;
  • assessment; and
  • scholarship.

For more information about CTL and how it can serve you or your program, division, or college, please contact Dr. Gray Kane.

Fall 2019 Teaching Newsletter, Teaching for Student Success

Teaching Tip

To keep students engaged during a lecture, integrate think-pair-share activities. Think-pair-share does require facilitation. You will have to ensure everyone has a partner (or small group of 3-4 students), as well as actively facilitate the discussion with questions and follow-up questions for less active pairs or groups.


Have students individually answer a question on paper, with Poll Everywhere, or via a classroom response system.


Tell students to convince their neighbors of their answers or otherwise explain their reasoning.


Ask a sample of students to share their answers with the class, with the option of using discrepancies to facilitate discussion or clarify misconceptions.

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