sTIMULATING ACTIVE LEARNING IN LARGE CLASSES

Lennox Graham, D.M.

March 9, 2015

Profile

Scientist, Educator, and Motivational Speaker.   Whether teaching at Howard University or presenting at Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Lennox Graham seeks to motivate and engage people.  As an Assistant Professor in the Division of Allied Health, he strives to empower others to enhance their health and personal growth.  “I am committed to helping people live healthier lives,” he explains, “and to build skills and attitudes that transform their human potential into breakthrough peak performance.”

Before joining Howard, Dr. Graham pursued these goals as Chief Executive Officer of Motivating Minds, LLC, which offered workshops such as “Managing Stress,” “The Art of Motivation,” and “Group Dynamics” to employees.  Through Motivating Minds, he also educated others about prostate cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and nutrition. 

At the same time, he achieved significant success in reaching these goals as Associate Program Director and Outreach Director at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  For instance, in 2001, with the UM School of Medicine, he launched Empowering Men to Access Care (EMAC) and motivated 1,500 hypertensive men to seek care from a health care provider.  In 2005, he launched the Howard Park initiative, which trained Howard Park Community members to become Community Health Advocates.  Partnering with the Fire Department, he arranged for the advocates to accompany firefighters as the firefighters distributed smoke detectors so that the advocates could take a census of high blood pressure in their neighborhood.

Nowadays, at Howard, Dr. Graham is still “helping people live healthier lives” by preparing students for careers in Allied Health, and he is helping his students “build skills and attitudes” that can transform their lives.  As one student observes, “He really cares about his students; he wants you to succeed.”  With a Doctorate in Management and a Master’s in Education, he is well equipped to empower his students to reach their level of “breakthrough peak performance.”  To do so, he teaches courses such as Health Management I, Global Health, Community Health, Bioethics, and AIDS and Health Professionals.  Often his classes include 60 or more students, so it is challenging to engage all of them.  Yet more often than not, he succeeds.  That is why he agreed to explain and demonstrate, in this video, how he stimulates active learning in his large classes.    

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