Thank you for the excellent and practical tips for increasing student engagement. i believe that this is a strength for teachers at the elementary and secondary level but can be neglected at the higher education and adult level of learning. Many adult learners enter classrooms expecting a lecture-style method and are in fact comfortable with that. Increased engagement promotes collaboration and more critical thinking. I am currently taking a series of classes on student engagement and the presenters use all of their methods to engage us during the presentation. I find that I am really enjoying the experience and thinking deeply about the subject matter as a result.
4. The “dawn of man” introduction. This kind of introduction generally makes broad, sweeping statements about the relevance of this topic since the beginning of time, throughout the world, etc. It is usually very general (similar to the placeholder introduction) and fails to connect to the thesis. It may employ cliches–the phrases “the dawn of man” and “throughout human history” are examples, and it’s hard to imagine a time when starting with one of these would work. Instructors often find them extremely annoying.