STAT: Opportunities to Practice
Often our students think they are following along with and developing competency in our course materials but neglect to practice using their knowledge. Unlike formal assessments, practice experiences are an opportunity for students to try out the material and make mistakes. Effective encouragement of our students to engage in practice requires setting aside time in class or during recitations. Again, self or peer to peer assessment works well for this purpose. If class time is at a premium, having students designate out-of-class study groups and provide evidence as to having met to practice using new knowledge also works very well. If skills are important, students can use multi-media to bring the work that they do outside of class back into the classroom.