Lecture Me. Really. is a weak column by a college professor who likes to lecture.
She claims teachers should lecture because it teaches listening and note-taking skills. I would suggest that there are better ways to help students develop those abilities (see The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More and The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More).
In addition, she dismisses research saying that lecturing is particularly problematic for students of color and those from low-income communities, saying we shouldn’t change doing things just because students find it “difficult.” Now, that’s a rationale for doing what you want to do even if it is ineffective!
Listen, I get that some direct instruction some of the time is necessary and useful. But not most of the time.
We need to keep it balanced and, when I say balanced, I mean the scale needs to be tipping away from lectures…
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