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Kris Stutchbury Post 1

10 Jul 2020, 17:36

Activity 2.8 Interactive teacher education

Use this thread to tell us two ways in which you could make your own teaching more interactive

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Ganiyat Adesina-Uthman Post 2 in reply to 1

16 Jul 2020, 01:29

I could and I have actually been making my class interact with case studies which brings theory and practice into focus.

Engaging learners in individual and group studies leading to presentations of their ideas and findings on subject matters enhances active learning and enquiries that promote  critical 


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Ndidi Ofole Post 4 in reply to 2

17 Jul 2020, 11:58

Group work  is actually very good to manage class classes. You have actually made a good choice of method

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Deborah Cooper Post 15 in reply to 2

23 Jul 2020, 19:25

Thank you Ganiyat. 

I like case studies too because they follow the human instinct for stories and help us discuss alternative options in  a safe way.


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Michele Deane Post 17 in reply to 15

25 Jul 2020, 19:07

I love case studies too as they often provide a window on reality, enabling us to visualise how what we read or hear works.

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Ndidi Ofole Post 3 in reply to 1

17 Jul 2020, 11:57

Two ways to make my Teaching more interactive

1. I will use role play: I will call for two students to volunteer to play two known roles in counselling session. The role of the counsellor and the role of a client. I would have given them resources to read for the skills required in establishing rapport(acceptance) in counselling.  I will give the other students scoring sheet with  scoring guidelines: Opening, greetings, acceptance and questioning skills. The other learners will assess how these skills are demonstrated during the session. Roles will be changed and students will be given opportunity to participate in any of their choice. I will provide feedback and summarize the session.

2. I will use  Learning management system: I will upload my course on either google classroom or moodle.  I will insert collaborative activities in the discussion forums, blogs and wikis. I will schedule live chats to provide additional learning supports to my students. I will share my link with  the students and ask them to contribute to discussions and reply to at least 3 post.

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Bonface Nabwoba Post 18 in reply to 3

26 Jul 2020, 00:41

Beautiful. Roleplay is interactive indeed. The idea of 2 learners to act out the roles is good because a platform like zoom has issues with chorus answers

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Samson Kisirkoi Post 5 in reply to 1

17 Jul 2020, 12:35

Two ways to make teaching more interactive include: setting the right classroom atmosphere and asking the right questions as well as answering/ giving feedback to questions and concerns from students.

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Michele Deane Post 13 in reply to 5

20 Jul 2020, 19:59

Great ideas, Samson! The two ways you have chosen to make your own teaching more interactive are:

  • set the right classroom atmosphere
  • ask the right questions

What made you chose these? What sort of practical steps would you actually take?

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Angore Mbitha Post 6 in reply to 1

17 Jul 2020, 21:45

I would make my own teaching interactive by using a powerpoint presentation and posing slides for students to discuss concepts to sharpen their understanding. Likewise I will offer motivation by creating value to class interaction where I grade students based on their participation in class.

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MARTHA Kabate Post 11 in reply to 6

19 Jul 2020, 13:48

 Well said Angore

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Abiola Ajani Post 7 in reply to 1

17 Jul 2020, 22:24

I will make my teaching interactive by dividing the learners into groups and given them what to discuss on.For example, on mathematics, talking about properties of 2or 3 dimensional shapes.The learners  are given different shapes and are instructed to find the properties of each shapes. Each of the group are ask to present their findings .This make members of the other groups to learn about the properties of the shapes they were not given.

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Patriciah Wambugu Post 8 in reply to 1

18 Jul 2020, 09:37

I usually make my classes interactive by use of Think pair share method. In the online live sessions they normally use the chat forum. In the asynchronous case we use the discussion forums. We also use group discussions and presentations. I have also used role play and peer assessment especially in micro-teaching. The flipped classroom has worked for me. I have also used Case studies. 

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Bonface Nabwoba Post 19 in reply to 8

26 Jul 2020, 00:43

Patriciah ,I agree. This works very well for me too.


Bashiru Saliu Post 9 in reply to 1

18 Jul 2020, 22:48

My class will more interactive by having flexible ground rules, and students will be appreciated even if he misses the answer and makes them all feel athome

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MARTHA Kabate Post 10 in reply to 1

19 Jul 2020, 13:47

In making the teaching more interactive,

 i will use learners group discussion   by giving children appropriate tasks which will make each member of the group to work  to an  understanding. Questioning and answers is going to be the second method. 

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Kris Stutchbury Post 12 in reply to 10

19 Jul 2020, 22:25

Patriciah mentions the 'flipped classroom'. It has been mentioned our discussions as well. Can anyone give us an example of how they have used this approach? 

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Bonface Nabwoba Post 20 in reply to 12

26 Jul 2020, 00:47

I could give the learners materials for the next lesson. Guided questions that can help them make notes.

On the D-day, we go through the guided questions as we discuss and construct together the learning objects or rather contents.

So both the teacher and learners ot idea of what the lesson is about

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Monioluwa Olaniyi Post 22 in reply to 12

30 Jul 2020, 13:34

I engage the learners with online resources links that they can access in their own time and ask them to get ready to discuss the material in the next class. So the learners study at home and we have group interaction in the class afterwards. 

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Michele Deane Post 31 in reply to 22

7 Aug 2020, 13:19

Do you guide the students' reading in any way, Monioluwa?

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Andrew Ibrahim Post 14 in reply to 1

22 Jul 2020, 23:21

I will ask the students to share their ideas on certain topics and

encourage them to see the possibility of adopting the classmate views

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Linet Njagi Post 16 in reply to 1

24 Jul 2020, 09:38

through question and answer method

giving discussion question to students ,grouping them in small groups to tackle the questions

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Paul Idris Post 21 in reply to 1

29 Jul 2020, 01:15 Edited by the author on 29 Jul 2020, 01:17

* grouping the students into smaller unit which would give each student a chance for active participation.

* presentation of the learning outcome of each group will be done, while all other members of the group stand to answer one or two question generated from the listeners.  


Gladys Rotich Post 23 in reply to 21

31 Jul 2020, 13:53

I strongly suggest use of case studies

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Sandra Amos Post 24 in reply to 23

1 Aug 2020, 09:33

I like the case studies too. Why do you want to use them Gladys? What is useful about them?

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Aminu Rufai Post 25 in reply to 1

1 Aug 2020, 22:11

  • Always link previous knowledge (entry behaviour) with the new topic
  • Allow learners to contribute ideas and let their peers critique will you facilitate
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Nila Oduori Post 26 in reply to 1

4 Aug 2020, 10:53
I have always preferred to give tasks in groups and them learners are given an opportunity to present there work, usually, during these presentations, the class sits as a whole but i have always suspected it is ineffective. The example we have been given looks effective, with each group having a representative from other groups and hence with such small numbers, it is possible for group members to remain focused. Another error i have been making is the failure to break down my question into clear components and hence i would end up with a 'junk' of information. This will change moving forward.
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Helen Hendry Post 27 in reply to 26

4 Aug 2020, 22:27

Hello Nila, I think you are right. I have had the same experience with group presentations in the past, where the students are not really listening. When I changed the lesson to involve sending representatives to find out information from different groups it was more engaging and effective. I also agree it is very easy to ask too much in one question. I know I have sometimes done this too! I'm glad the task has helped you to plan some simple changes to make teaching more interactive.

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Shadreck Chithila Kwagwanji Post 28 in reply to 27

4 Aug 2020, 22:40

Helping Students Process Content
  1. Use Virtual Manipulatives. ...
  2. Run Learning Stations. ...
  3. Provide Online Activities for Students Who Complete Work Early. ...
  4. Save Time for Exit Tickets. ...
  5. Use Twitter Hashtags to Take Questions. ...
  6. Study, Review and Critique Content on Web Pages. ...
  7. Use Online Mind Maps for Class Brainstorms

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Helen Hendry Post 29 in reply to 28

5 Aug 2020, 17:18

Thanks for all these interesting ideas Shadreck. Could you explain a bit more about 1 and 4? I'm not sure if I have understood what you mean.

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Jacqueline Korir Post 30 in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 10:58

I will create discussion forums and encourage all students to participate and also use role plays and allow students to make comments on the same.

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Felicia Oamen Post 32 in reply to 1

11 Aug 2020, 12:36

Two ways I could make my class more interactive is by encouraging my students to bring in their prior knowledge of a subject through the use of questions. By asking some questions at the beginning of a lesson, one can actually get the students to open up and discuss their perspectives on the subject. Another way to make the class interactive, is to get the learners to demonstrate part of the lesson for about 10 mins.

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Michele Deane Post 33 in reply to 32

11 Aug 2020, 13:48

Encouraging students to bring in their prior knowledge of a subject through the use of questions is a great idea.

We have used this technique in the course.

We have also used other strategies to enable you to bring your beliefs and knowledge about a topic to the surface. You may want to review them and reflect on how you could adapt (and adopt) these in your practice.

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Mulikat Mustapha Post 34 in reply to 1

11 Aug 2020, 14:07

Interactive Teacher Education

One of the way I will make my class more interactive is to find out about what students already know, I will encourage them to feel free in expressing their ideas and promote mutual respect among them.

the second way is to make students present their assigned tasks to smaller groups as highlighted in the case study. Although I have been involving my students in active learning process by assigning them task and having them make presentation to larger class but interacting with smaller group will promote their self-confidence, assume more responsibility and it will be more interactive  

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Helen Hendry Post 35 in reply to 34

11 Aug 2020, 22:13


Thanks for sharing these ideas Mulikat. It will be great to give students the chance to discuss what they already know. I wonder if you have any thoughts on how you might stimulate this opportunity in your classes?

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PETER Gathara Post 36 in reply to 1

28 Aug 2020, 07:56

This can be done by in cooperating ICT in my teaching through creating groups and online discussion forums where the students are encouraged to contribute. This can be enhanced further by providing resources that students can read and work on assignments individually and in groups.

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Chimdiebere Joseph Post 37 in reply to 1

28 Aug 2020, 20:18

I could do this, by implementing group work in the classroom, where all the students participates in the discussion. 

And using power point presentation, during my teaching, whereby the slides are well prepared,, for students to get involved in the discussion.

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Toluwase Olanipekun Post 38 in reply to 1

14 Sep 2020, 15:43

I can use group work to better plan my teaching to giving each group an aspect of the task to work on. Then each group can present their findings.

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