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Step 3: Explore Strategies

Explore potential strategies.

My students don’t come to lecture.

The time of day is not appealing to students (e.g., early morning, late afternoon).


Create an incentive to attend.

Take advantage of students’ obsession with grades by linking attendance to grades. For example, you can make attendance a part of the grade or you can administer a very short quiz at the beginning of class, e.g., student response systems (now present in many CM classrooms) allow you to administer and grade these quizzes easily.

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