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" Some people have claimed it’s “unethical” to lecture. That’s nonconstructive hyperbole. But, well, when I look at the facts and ideas above, it’s hard to argue against that hyperbolic argument. I’m not running around telling people that lecturing is unethical, but it’s not a choice that I can make in my own good conscience. But I’m used to making ethical decisions that are in the minority, including my diet, language, transportation. So now I can add “mode of instruction” to that list. I realize that preaching about how to teach isn’t going to change many minds, no more than PETA will make people go veg."

- Excerpt taken from https://smallpondscience.com/2015/11/03/why-i-avoid-lecturing/

  • Efficient teaching: Doing active learning an easy way by Terry McGlynn

    "Here are a few difficult facts about education in college classrooms:

    1. Lectures don’t work well. People just don’t really learn much from hour-long lectures.
    2. People learn when they discover ideas on their own.
    3. People learn best when working with peers.
    4. It’s a hell of a lot easier to just explain something to someone than to set up a situation in which this person can figure it out for themselves
    5. It takes a lot longer for a person to figure something out than it takes for you to just explain it to them." Excerpt taken from https://smallpondscience.com/2014/09/04/efficient-teaching-doing-active-learning-an-easy-way/

"How well you learn something is a function of how much time you spend on it, and also how you are going about learning. Learning through inquiry, using a variety of approaches that some put under the umbrella term “active learning,” is simply more effective than lecturing." Excerpt taken from https://smallpondscience.com/2017/01/23/in-teaching-less-is-more/

"There are some students who have no problem interacting with others and thinking ideas out loud with their peers. Those aren’t the ones we need to worry about in active learning, except out of concern for the other students that have to work with them. The loudmouth who always raises his hand and asks questions is using the instructor as his active learning partner, selfishly taking the instructor away from the rest of the class." Excerpt taken from https://smallpondscience.com/2014/09/10/active-learning-is-flexible-and-designed-to-reach-the-reticent/