With regard to what is way below this, when that person does this, is not that person lecturing? What this is about is the notion that no one ever presents things to the entire class, especially the teacher. The original comment was that when someone lectures , no one learns. It did not include any restrictions on who the someone wad, on how long they were lecturing or on what happened before and after the lecture. I think lecutures longer than eight minutes are rarely effective, but three of these in a class period is jsut about half of the period.
>>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 > > > John Benson Evanston Township High School 715 South Boulevard Evanston Illinois 60204 Evanston IL 60202-2907 (708) 492-5848 (708) 492-5848