On 8/6/2012 1:47 PM, Josh Smith wrote: > I am a second year AP Stats teacher, and I find myself lecturing a whole lot. The students tend to "zone out". I was wondering how much everyone else lectures vs. uses activities to teach the topics.
Seems to me ... that the good teacher in this setting will use a variety of strategies ... lecturing if you mean talking to them in an organized way about a part of a topic ... having them do things in class (maybe in small groups) if the classroom allows for this ... answering questions that students have ... etc. Some days will be all of just one thing ... other days, could be a mixture of all. Depends alot on what resources are in the classroom and/or what needs to be done at some given moment in time.
I think any one way, all the time, is NOT good.
PS ... if you stand up and basically say what they can turn to on pages 39-43 in the book and read ... then I don't blame their minds from wandering.