By Matthew Hawks (US Naval Academy)
Involving students can be challenging. I share an unobtrusive way to engage students, establishing a medium to both naturally create an intimate classroom atmosphere and also have your students look forward to attending - and participating in - each class. The context is the United States Naval Academy, a four-year undergraduate institution with an emphasis on leader development. Based on a technique of daily questions suggested by Penn State University Lecturer Dr. Heather Holleman, I integrate daily questions with the course content. Anonymous midterm assessments and end-of-term student opinion forms demonstrate success of this method.