I grew up in what most people would consider a “strict” home. Church attendance was mandatory, and good grades were expected at school. One of the more extreme decisions my parents made for my four siblings and me was to raise us in a home without a television. No TV in bedrooms, not in the living room, none in the house at all.
Let’s face it: professors compete with the likes of Greek life, parties, college football, and intramural sports for their students’ attention. Many students are going to chose other options over studying more often than not. So how can teachers maximize the time they have with students and maybe even convince students that additional time outside the classroom is worth the effort? In my teaching, I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but here are a few ways I’ve had some success engaging students: