Tips for GS 100 Facilitators

  • Vary the modes of instruction (lecture, discussion, group work).
  • Invite a variety of speakers to your class.
  • Use small group work.
  • Plan activities that keep students focused on the learning task.
  • Promote discussion at the beginning of class (see icebreaker "Question of the Day" activity).
  • Use icebreakers earlier in the semester to get students familiar with each other so they will then feel comfortable participating in discussions.
  • Allow time for students to suggest topics and issues they want to address in the course.
  • Focus on skills that students do well instead of giving the impression that the course is about their deficiencies.
  • Advocate for small changes in behaviors; encourage students to set goals for their participation in the course.
Last Updated: 6/7/12