> I tried an experiment last semester in my business calculus class. Instead > of lecturing, the students taught themselves by reading the book, working > out their own examples, and answering some questions about the concepts all > during class. I would lecture occasionally when I thought most of the > students needed help with the same concept, but for the most part the ... > students approved of the way the class was taught except for the two older > students who requested that I lecture all the time.
A little to the side of the topic... but more related than I first thought ... as a former "older student", I have had college classes where I was convinced that the teacher was doing no work. Peer evaluation, group project... no syllabus even! I resented paying for that.
I personally enjoy having elementary kids doing group projects without grades , and although it's never happend to me personally, I know that parents complain about their gifted child bearing the burden of teaching the others. I don't consider those concerns reasons to stop doing group work, but I do think the parents may have the same underlying objection that I have in college. Is the teacher working?
So I suggest that the teacher make known the work he/she is doing.
Maybe a few heavy sighs? ;-)
Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education firstname.lastname@example.org Maryland Science Center Opinions are my own "Beyond Numbers" exhibit or something I overheard