Tech, Productivity, Online Education

∞ Making Use of the First 5 Minutes of Class


There is an excellent series on the Chronicle on making small changes in teaching. I love this idea of retrieval practice. Rather than testing the students or you just giving them more content in the form of a review actually ask them questions. Make them think about it, write it down, then choose a couple to recap what has previously been learned. You can really make the most of the first five minutes of class.

β€œInstead of”testing effect,” I prefer to use the more technical term, β€œretrieval practice,” because testing is not required to help students practice retrieving material from their memories. Any effort they make to remember course content β€” without the help of notes or texts β€” will benefit their learning.”

In an online context this can be done in a simple discussion forum or even a short weekly video conference that is 10-15 minutes long. Students will find value in this as they will learn what content to focus on while also practicing a review in a non-pressure situation.

Source: Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class - The Chronicle of Higher Education