>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 > >Have fun. > >Ben >
But, even in a cooperative learning environment, aren't all these things still possible? For example, I think it is certainly possible (and even beneficial) in cooperative learning for one person to take center stage (be it the teacher or a student) if that person has an idea (or even *thinks* they have an idea) that will benefit the rest of class.
Just a thought.
Norm Krumpe Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana University at Bloomington