>If teachers are to become >more inovative in our teaching, we have to be given more >preparation time.
Absolutely - also, if we could share our lessons with our fellow teachers at our schools, and perhaps over a broader community, we might be able to reduce that effort to a manageable level.
> The other question I would like to give to this >discussion is :"Should we do away with lectures all together?" >My answer is no. I think there is a place for teachers to >share the knowledge they have acquired and that at times >lectures are the best way. I belive that we need to find the >proper balance between co-operative learning and lecture.
Lecture still serves several great purposes, 1) the teacher can model a process (problem-solving, conflict resolution, listening, thinking, etc.) 2) the teacher can demonstrate interest in a topic - their personal enthusiasm often motivates students. 3) the teacher can share life stories - to illustrate appplications of ideas, or the power of mathematical thinking 4) to vary the learining format 5) its fun to stand in front of an audience