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Pausing in Lecture

Pausing in lecture is an active learning exercise where instructors provide students with time during class to engage in an activity to check for comprehension. These activities range from completing polls, taking a pop quiz or identifying three things that students have learned thus far.

Pausing in lecture refers to interspersing opportunities for reflection and comprehension during lectures. Lecturing is balanced with quizzes, polls and opportunities for discussion and interaction. Turn and talk is an example of pausing in lecture.

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