In a message dated 96-06-17 02:24:19 EDT, email@example.com (Ralph A. Raimi) writes:
> But now if you present me with an ordinary class, average or >below, I am at a loss. I know what I myself would do, which is to proceed >slowly, damn the printed curriculum and only go as far as they understand >and make sure they do understand before going on to the next thing. But >they tell me schools don't permit this.
Much to my surprise, I found with these students, that the slower I proceeded, the less they learned. To continue to discuss the same idea repetitively was a waste of our time.The rote method had already failed for them. When tests came, they might memorize just enough to pass the test, then 2 weeks later were completely baffled by a similar problem. I believe it was better to go on to the next topic, and then go back and cover previous material later and from a different perspective.