How One Instructor Stopped Himself From Lecturing Too Much
Lecturing is a teaching tool as old as education itself, but it's value is being questioned more and more. When does lecturing become too much, and how can you stop yourself from crossing that line?
Lecturing can be a great method to convey information, but is not very good at teaching complex ideas, conceptual knowledge, or difficult skills. Implementing elements into your teaching such as intentional course design, active learning strategies, group discussions, and other strategies that help students to retain information can help to keep you from lecturing too much. Zachary Nowak, the subject of this article, said of lecturing, "It's a core part, but it's never the only part."