On Tuesday, as promised, I launched Teach Like a Champion Technique #22, Cold Calling, in my college class. And it was awesome! I didn’t do a very good job with my questioning technique, so things looked a little (well, a lot) sloppier than they do on the sample videos — but everyone was awake and alert and they swapped techniques for remembering tricky vocabulary words and we all had a good time. And then we proceeded to have a rousing discussion of the day’s reading, which generated enough genuine interaction that one student emailed me a page of follow up thoughts a couple hours later.
But the best part — on Thursday they took a practice GRE and while we were waiting for IT to come open the door to the computer lab, I drilled a few vocab words from Tuesday’s class — and they absolutely KNEW them, 100%. AND said that what we did in class on Tuesday was really helpful and could we do it again, a lot?
Yes. Yes, we can.