>Although I'm not against group learning in principle, I'm a little skeptical >about teachers who use this technique almost exclusively. Is this not just >another form of crowd control? The teacher prepares all the materials in >advance and just sits back and facilitates. Is this method popular because, >perhaps, teachers are afraid to turn their backs on their students? Is this >just a refinement or the old worksheet method of teaching? Its something to >think about. > >Kent
On the other hand isn't lecturing a form of crowd control. It is as if you don't want it to seem like the students are "out of control" because they are actually the ones talking. IMHO it is much easier to do the "lecture/homework/test method because you don't have to worry about what the student is thinking or how they learn. They just have to be quiet(some people say that the students ask questions etc. but we all know the quiet students are always looked at more favorable then the ones who are always making noise, questions or not), take good notes(a few have talked about that on this list) and are good test takers(even if they may not fully understand the concept). A teacher using any form of groups has to look at what the students are saying(constant evalution/assesment goes on), how they handle the group dinamics, what the students are having trouble with(which can be taken care of right away because you are always listening and not talking) and yes discipline is much easier because the students are much more active learners not passive listeners(although some on this list argue the contrary for the most part that is what they are). Hmm I think that should give you something much more to think about.
Back to you Kent.
Scott Powell University of Hawaii University Lab school Honolulu, HI. 96822 firstname.lastname@example.org