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Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught

December 19, 2012

This article in Tomorrow’s College, Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught, has some valuable food for thought.

The professor, Eric Mazur, is well-known in the college physics instruction circles. For years, he has been using the peer instruction model with index cards so that he can see how his students have responded to the beginning questions.  With the advent of classroom response systems (aka clickers), this strategy is easier to implement. The professor can post the question on a PowerPoint slide and get immediate responses which can be saved and later analyzed for student assessment of learning on a daily basis.

Plus, it gets the students talking. Even in a process-rich class such as English composition, which I currently teach, student pair, group, and whole-class work is vital. Vital to my understanding of what the students learn, and, more importantly, vital to student learning.

I cannot wait to see what the students come up with next semester!

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