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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2013 May

Schwartz’s “One Minute Paper”

Susan Beck, BS, NCTMB, Coordinator/Instructor for the Massage Therapy Program at Idaho State University, submitted this tip.

Concluding a lecture-lab class with a reflective exercise can assist students in summarizing their experience. Students are asked to take out a blank piece of paper (putting their names on the paper is voluntary). Two questions are asked:

  1. What was the most significant thing I learned today?
  2. What question is uppermost in my mind after this class?

Papers are folded and given to the instructor.

This exercise allows students a chance to reflect on their learning experience and also get to mention anything that is concerning them. Instructors have the opportunity to get honest feedback which can be utilized in the next class.

This is extremely useful for novice instructors, as the feedback can give clues to what instructors may need to review or fine tune their delivery of content.

Adapted from Schwartz, Charles, 1991, An Academic Adventure [Ed. 2018 Jan: Resource no longer available]