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Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning (Paperback)
  • Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning (Paperback)
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Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/01/2018
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This book presents the evidence and rationale for breaking up lectures into shorter segments by using pauses to focus attention, reinforce key points, and review learning. It also provides 65 adaptable pause ideas to use at the opening of class, mid-way through, or as closers. Starting with brain science research on attention span and cognitive load, Rice bases her book on two fundamental principles: shorter segments of instruction are better than longer ones, and learners who actively participate in instruction learn better than those who donaEURO ™t. Pausing helps teachers apply these principles and create student engagement without requiring major changes in their lesson plans. With careful planning, they can integrate pauses into learning sessions with ease and significantly reinforce student learning. They will also gain feedback on studentsaEURO ™ comprehension.

Rice sets out the characteristics of good pauses, gives advice on how to plan them and how to introduce them to maximum effect. She provides compelling examples and concludes with a repertory of pauses readers can easily modify and apply to any discipline.

This book:Makes the case for using pausesIdentifies the primary functions of pauses: focusing, refocusing, enhancing retention, or closing off the learning experience Provides research evidence from cognitive science and educational psychologyProvides practical guidance for creating quick active learning breaksDistinguishes between starting, middle, and closing pauses Includes descriptions, with suggested applications, of 85 pauses

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620366530
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"As a junior faculty, Hitting Pause has been an absolute blessing. Having struggled against the dreaded death-by-lecture academic culture, I have found the thoughtful strategies suggested by Dr. Rice to reinvigorate my enthusiasm for teaching. And not just me, but my students seem more engaged in class, and offer better feedback on my courses. Before offering your next lecture, read this book."--Peter C. Gleason, PhD Associate Professor of Psychology, Walla Walla University
"Gail Rice is a gifted teacher who clearly understands how to design and deliver effective learning experiences. Gail's new book is not only engaging to read, but will be immediately useful to any faculty member wishing to help students better understand and retain what is taught. Interesting stories enhance and support the many evidence-based methods that can be put into immediate practice. After reading this book, faculty members are likely to change their teaching styles forever, starting by simply Hitting Pause."--Dixie L Fisher, Assistant Professor Clinical, Research and Faculty Development, Department of Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine "University of Southern California "
"Hitting Pause will appeal to faculty members who want to enhance student learning without, however, totally restructuring the way they teach. The premise of the book is that by making small changes to lectures--basically by adding interactive pauses--teachers can create engaging cooperative learning experiences and improve learning outcomes."--Barbara J. Millis, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center "University of Texas at San Antonio "
"Hitting Pause is an incredibly useful resource for faculty who want to improve student learning by incorporating brief, simple reflection activities into their current teaching practices. After Rice skillfully makes the case for pausing, explaining the 'why' behind this powerful learning approach, she shares 65 pausing techniques that faculty can immediately use at the beginning, middle, and end of a lecture or class. Faculty teaching online will appreciate that Rice also provides helpful online adaptations of the pausing techniques. Add this to your teaching and learning library!"--Christine Harrington Ph.D., Executive Director, Student Success Center, NJ Council of County Colleges
"The text is a rich collection of research, stories, and well-articulated activities that teachers in different roles will find indispensable. The book is both a review of research and an instructional guide suited for both audiences. Hitting Pause is a must for graduate students who will soon become higher education instructors as well as for experienced faculty looking for compelling and effective ways to expand their craft knowledge."--Teachers College Record. ". "

"Timing is everything. It's true for comedians and, according to Gail Taylor Rice, also for professors. In [this] book, Rice makes a compelling argument in favor of recognizing and designing classes in light of the rhythms of learning. Professors often suffer from the cognitive bias of 'the curse of knowledge.' This malady makes it nearly impossible for experts to put themselves in the shoes of someone who is learning things for the first time. A result of this curse is that it's nearly impossible to appreciate how much time is needed for comprehending material. Rice suggests that learners 'might wish that there was a pause button connected to their college professors'. The professor needs to frequently slow down and make sure that students understand the importance of certain ideas."

--Reflective Teaching ". "

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