College of Engineering Assistant Professor Craig Just answers the question, “What practice has had the greatest impact on your teaching in the TILE classrooms?”
“The layout of the TILE rooms forces the “sage on the stage” to become the “guide on the side” which is exactly what I want. But, guided lessons, involving multiple steps for an 80-minute class period are challenging given the varying speeds in which students complete the assigned tasks. Faster learners can become bored and slower learners can feel rushed if differences in learning styles are not accommodated.
I’ve found that daily activity sheets can facilitate asynchronous learning and can give the more introspective students a platform to assemble thoughts before sharing. And, since the students fill out the sheet and turn it in each class period, it provides a means to assess classroom participation.”