Falling Back into Classroom Routines: Tips for a Smooth Transition

By Cara Shannon | 18 August, 2023

Summer break is often a time for faculty to recharge, reflect, and revamp their teaching strategies. As faculty are making the transition back to school, many are constantly on the lookout for innovative tools and strategies that can help increase student engagement and promote collaborative learning. With Hypothesis, not only can you enhance student interaction, but you can also foster a sense of community and collaboration directly within the reading material. Here’s how to make the most of it:

  1. Reimagine Your Reading Assignments

Traditional reading tasks are often solitary. With Hypothesis, these assignments transform into interactive discussions, where:

    • Students Actively Engage: They don’t just passively read but ask questions, share insights, and draw connections in real-time.
    • Peer-to-Peer Interactions Flourish: Students can respond to their peers’ annotations, sparking impromptu yet insightful discussions.
    • Diverse Perspectives Unfold: Different viewpoints come alive, enriching the understanding of texts through communal insights.
  1. Techniques to Incorporate Hypothesis into Your Course
    • Start with the Syllabus: Ensure your students read the syllabus by asking your students to annotate the syllabus so they become familiar with the tool and ask questions they might have about the course. Here is a syllabus assignment to get you started. 
    • Guided Annotations: Pre-annotate readings with questions or prompts to direct students towards specific aspects or to stimulate deeper thought.
    • Assign Group Roles: Facilitate deep learning and foster collaborative engagement among students by utilizing specific roles in annotation tasks. Here is an assignment example you can implement today. 
  1. Ensuring Effective Use of Social Annotation
    • Set Clear Objectives: Clarify if annotations should focus on summarizing, questioning, critiquing, or drawing connections. Giving students a clear aim helps improve the quality of annotations. You can view sample instructions on our annotation starter assignments page.
    • Promote Constructive Dialogues: Encourage students to respect differing views, fostering an environment where everyone feels valued.
    • Participate Actively: Your involvement can guide discussions, provide timely feedback, and set the tone for positive interactions.

Keep An Eye on New Features: We constantly evolve to offer better experiences. Stay updated with our new features and functionalities to maximize its use in your classroom such as our YouTube video annotations

Coming back from summer can be both refreshing and challenging. But with tools like Hypothesis, you’re not just returning with renewed energy but also with innovative methods to make classroom experiences richer and more interactive. Dive in and watch your classroom discussions transform!

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