Sunday, October 30, 2011

Don’t Lecture Me!

"Research conducted over the past few decades shows it’s impossible for students to take in and process the information presented in a typical lecture. However, when instructors involve students in their own learning by adding conceptual questions to their lectures and giving students time to think about and discuss these questions, there is a measurable increase in student learning. This teaching by questioning approach, dubbed “peer instruction,” is a strategy developed by Harvard Professor Eric Mazur. It can be adapted to almost any course and has proven an effective teaching technique in both community college and university classrooms. Try a think-pair-share activity to engage your students in peer instruction.

Here’s how…"


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