Friday, March 16, 2007
Lazyness... or good teaching practice?
I really like it when the kids do the bulk of the work in class. Yesterday was the first time I had to write a whole bunch of things up on the board for them to copy into their notebooks, and it kind of sucked. Not only is my handwriting terrible (I think I'll be using the overhead or PowerPoint in my classroom), but it seems a little boring for the kids, too. Obviously, sometimes you just need to tell them some things and get on with it (in this case, properties characteristic of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks), and the kids seem a bit too young (and unpracticed) to just take notes as I talk about a subject, but this is probably my least favorite teaching strategy so far. Maybe it's just that I'm lazy, but I'd rather they figure things out on their own, with me supervising and answering questions.