Weird Teaching

I’m all for teacher strikes but since when “sit in silence for 50 minutes and stare at the teacher” is a description of anything that can even remotely he called teaching?

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  1. I’m all for teacher strikes but since when “sit in silence for 50 minutes and stare at the teacher” is a description of anything that can even remotely he called teaching?

    This is more teaching than “working your way through a Pearson online homework module.” Of course, if you think teaching should be more interactive than mere crowd control/lecture, you see how the problem of space, desks, and supplies would inhibit that.
    I’ve had many classes where it follows that format (minus the space, desks and supplies problem.)

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  2. I agree that that’s a weird view of teaching, but apparently that is what some people do. My campus has an ongoing initiative to remodel classrooms to facilitate use of active learning strategies. Before you can request to teach in a remodeled classroom you are required to take a two-session workshop on teaching with active learning strategies. Most of the first session was devoted to convincing the participants that classroom discussion and partner and group activities were valuable for student learning. After that first session I asked one of the workshop facilitators from the teaching center why they spent so much time on that aspect. I believe my question was something along the lines of “Are there really people teaching at this university who don’t already know that discussion and partner work are useful activities?” And the answer was yes, apparently there are still lots of people who lecture at their students and then give them nothing but multiple-choice and true-false tests. She said some, though not all, of the STEM fields and the large social science fields tended to be the worst about this.

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