This is interesting...the idea that our students are not used to discussing what they are supposed to be learning. IT is easier to be spoon-fed and then they can complain about being bored to death and still put out little effort. It isn't surprising there is some resistance initially. I like the use of the technology (podcasts) followed up with technology-free discussions. It puts the responsibility of learning on the student in both situations.
Do you think this is worth a webinar with this author?
Hello Mr. Niel
i apologise for tha gap in my communication, the internet was down and i've been busy taking a few classes to improve my own english communication.
I found the post quite interesting by all means, because for years it seems we've protested against the Lecture-System which seems to use students as statues made of sponge: they are to suck in all the information, and then pour it onto the exam sheet. At last we came up with scores and scores of training programs for teachers that would enable them to find lectures more interesting and capturing. do you really think it would be a good idea to make our classrooms 'nakend' again?
Zahina, I don't know if it would work for everyone, but, as a former high school band director, my students were required to practice daily in preparation for the rehearsal the next day. Those who practiced always did better than those who did not. I don't see why it wouldn't work for other disciplines as well. Have you ever tried this teaching strategy in your classroom? Would you be able to? Interesting idea though.