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John A Benson

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Re: lecturing
Posted: Jul 1, 1995 12:46 PM
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In other words, you gave these highly motivated ( at least with regard to
this problem) students three or four excellent lectures and then they
constructed the knowledge based on those lectures. Is there anyone who
doesn't think that is a super way to teach?


>>I bring this up because in order to be able to reconstruct something
>>you have forgotten, you much understand it at a level seldom attained
>>by listening to a lecture.

>>A lecture in a darkened room is deadly.\
>>Eileen Schoaff
>>Buffalo State College

>Agreed. One of my favorite examples of this regards the Rubik's cube. When
>I taught junior high, my students were impressed that I was able to solve
>the Rubik's Cube. So, I offered any student extra credit who could solve
>the Rubik's Cube (and not by removing the stickers. I would actually
>scramble the cube and watch them solve it :) ). I also told them that I
>would give them advice on solving it. Several students took me up on my
>advice offer. But the advice I offered wasn't "perform this particular
>sequence of turns." Rather, I suggested that they look for and explore
>sequences of turns on their own that only affect certain sections of the
>cube. What I found is that, by giving only two or three sentences of
>advice, persistent students were able to *construct* solutions on their own.
>And, always, their solutions and sequences of turns were much different than
>mine. Thus, they understood how to solve the cube without my having to give
>them my particular, detailed solution.
>Norm Krumpe

John Benson
Evanston Township High School 715 South Boulevard
Evanston Illinois 60204 Evanston IL 60202-2907
(708) 492-5848 (708) 492-5848

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