by Brenna Craft
1. Add reading questions after selections
Want to make sure your students really “get it?” Add reading questions after each selection so that your students can test their comprehension on their own before they ever get to class. You’ll have students coming to class more confident and better equipped to participate in discussions.
2. Update your cover
Do you have an image that really speaks to the content of your course? Add it to your cover and now you have a natural discussion point for the first day of class.
3. Add Tear Outs
Is the department office manager giving you dirty looks again because you’ve gone over your copy limit AGAIN? Ask us to print assignments inside your course reader on perforated pages and you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Plus, your students will have the benefit of planning ahead for upcoming assignments. No more big groans when you announce a paper right before the weekend. They should have all seen it coming.
4. Add the Study Guide
You were going to give it to them anyways, right? This way they can fill it out as they do their reading. It’ll give them more time to study and give you a break from all those frantic, late night, right before the big exam emails. Well, maybe not all of them, but at least your students will have more chances to ask you questions before then.
5. Go Digital
They’re going to be on their phones in class no matter what. What if instead of texting so-and-so about the next big thing they were annotating the course materials while you lectured? Make your text portable and there is no excuse not to bring it to class.