Tales from Real Life: The Readiness Assurance Process
The thing I loved most about my teaching was that in 40-student classes, I could use most of my class for group work on content applications. Unfortunately, I knew my approach simply would not work in a much larger class.
Unless I could find a better way to motivate students to prepare for class, I would have to spend most of class time lecturing (which meant there would be little time for group work on applications), or I would have to spend class time working on applications on the assumption (a very unlikely one) that enough students would prepare so that I wouldn’t face the disaster of “the blind leading the blind.”
The solution came in the form of the Readiness Assurance Process. I assigned the readings for Unit #1, gave the individual test, collected the answer sheets and held my breath as I listened in during the group test.
Much to my relief and delight, what I heard was students giving each other the very lectures that I had hoped to avoid giving myself. They were learning from each other and, even more importantly, were developing into real teams in the process.