Table 17: [Potluck] Frontloading: Activities/Assignments to help students come prepared to class

Facilitator: Mihai Boicu, Facilitator: Beverly Middle

Session Information

Year: 2017 | Time: 8:00-9:00am (Share-a-thon) | Location: Johnson Center (Dewberry Hall)


**Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a few printed copies of a specific example activity, assignment or strategy they use in their classroom related to this topic to share.**
NOTE: You can still join a potluck even if you didn’t bring anything!
Welcome to ITL and this table!  Join your fellow Mason instructors to informally discuss this table's topic. At the table, you will find desk copies of related resources (digital versions are available below), and an experienced Mason colleague who has experience and strategies related to this topic.  Not sure what to talk about?  Here are some conversation starters:
  • Share a little about yourselves: 

    • Department

    • Years at Mason

    • Courses you are teaching

    • What excites you about teaching?

  • What brought you to this table?

  • “Asking for a friend,”entirely  hypothetically, what kinds of projects do faculty typically run late on or not prepare fully in advance of a set deadline? What sorts of reasons might faculty have for deciding not to prioritize one task over others?

  • What kinds of strategies have you tried or heard about that might help students know more about what, how, and why  to prepare for your class?

  • Essentially, faculty have three powers: the power of time (prioritizing what students should focus on in class and in homework), the power of assessment (deciding how to distribute and account for course grades), and the power of story (providing explanations and motivations). Which of these powers could you best use to support student preparation? What are the opportunities and risks of using that power?

  • What might you be willing to “trade off” (grade weight shift? ...cutting an assignment?) to better emphasize or support pre-class preparation?

Have an example or resource to share?  Submit through this link and we'll upload it after the conference: Still have questions?  Leave a post it note on the table sign at the end of the Share-a-thon or email your questions to   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:   


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