Today’s classhack comes courtesy of Dr. YeVette Howard, director of our college’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan), which aims to improve our students’ reading and to foster a culture of reading on our campuses. At a recent professional development meeting, Dr. Howard served up a platter of practical ideas for discipline-specific reading. My favorite strategy can be summed up in two words. No, that’s it: two words. Really…”Two Words.”
Dr. Howard advised us to think of two words whose meaning our students should grasp at the end of the session “if they didn’t learn anything else that day.” We should write those two words on the board at the beginning of the day’s lesson. That sounds easy enough…until you try to do it.
Tomorrow, my students will charge headlong into the challenging topic of muscle physiology. The vocabulary is a thicket of unfamiliar terms, and the sequence of molecular events required to move a single muscle cell is difficult to track. So what words shall I write?
I’m flirting with “sarcomere” and “depolarization,” but I suspect I’ll still be debating on the morning drive to work.
We’d love to hear what words you choose for your classes, so comment or send us an email. Maybe we can start a collection.