Ixtellor wrote:I personally would love to lecture every day,
There's a teacher at my school who says lecturing should be avoided, because people don't learn from it. Actually, there are quite a few teachers in the math department who say that.
There is a lot of information on what % of information people retain compared to how it was given.
Straight lecture has the lowest retention bonus of any other method and this is mostly undisputable.
Here is why I like lecture:
1) It is my firm belief that there is no 1 perfect way to teach. I think teachers should do whatever works best for them. Lecture happens to be my forte.
2) Lecture works well when it goes like this:
Students read material on their own then come to class.
The teacher goes into detail, fleshes out the subject matter, answer questions, and goes into depth for understanding.
Teacher gives a test on the material that holds students responsible for mastering the subject matter and they study for the test.
This gives students exposure to the same material at least 3 times.
Furthurmore, I use a brief outline that helps students focus on the most important information AND I use a lot of visual aids and representations so they get exposed to new materials in another fashion.
3) Clearly students are going to skip or not due 'their part' but this will usually be reflected in their grades. I suppose I have kind of accepted the fact that students are going to learn everything in my courses in a long term fashion. But I generally try to distinguish from things that are really really really important like Keynesian economic principles and worry less about things like limited partnerships and Buckley v Valero. I realize not every student is going to be an economics or poly sci major and/or be a business owner. And if they are, they will see all this material again.
My main goal is going to be making sure they do recall the very important "big picture" stuff and in AP classes that they PWN the test.