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David Scott Powell

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: lecturing
Posted: Jun 30, 1995 12:18 PM
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Harv said:
>(what do you mean by ALWAYS talking? I thought 50% meant HALF the time?)

Ooops, good catch Harv. What I meant to say was when you are lecturing do
you just want to here yourself talk.

>You know what they are learning because lecture does not mean ONLY the
>teacher talks. Lecture includes kids raising their hands...asking
>questions....doing examples at their seats, etc. When I lecture, I can
>pretty much tell if the students are following.

Is that the kind of interaction that is most condusive to learning? What
if no one raises there hand? In general, when you lecture do you find that
students will disagree with what you are saying? Will they tell you their
own opinions? Harv, have you ever had a discussion just amoung the
students that came in the middle of a lecture?

Also, when I lecture 50% of
>the time....that means I am not lecturing 50% of the time so during
>cooperative learning days, I can see if my lectures were informative to the
>students. And yes...there are other ways for students to learn....but that
>doesn't make learning in this manner a necessarily bad method?

I didn't say that lecturing was a bad method. In the right context,
lecturing can be an excellent way to get facts out quickly. Is it the best
method to use even 50% of the time? I would strongly disagree there. The
reason is that if you want students to truely think on there own and have
*real* learning take place then they have to be at the very core of the
learning. The focus should always be the student and what they are

When I
>lecture, students certainly can think along with me. It is a good skill to
>learn note taking and without lecture, they will never learn that skill.
>Harvey Becker

Are they really thinking along with you? How do you know? Leacturing
really limits your ability to know what the student is thinking(unless you
can read their minds). I think they can tell you what the *teacher* is
thinking but not why the teacher is thinking that way.


Scott Powell
University of Hawaii
Lab school
1776 University Ave
Honolulu, Hi 96822

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