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Speech:  Let's Lecture Less       
The Story
In 2009 I was teaching a class of students from Italy and three of their teachers asked to sit in my class. The teachers took notes. "How did you learn to teach this way?" they asked me. "I copy Dennis Littky's method: (1) Ask students about their goals. (2) Help them learn the skills they need to reach their goals."

Theory:
Teachers of English in classes of fewer than 14 students tend to spend less time lecturing. These teachers usually ask students "what do you want to learn to talk about?"  They can show other teachers how to lecture less.  James Zull observed that his students fell into a passive state of mind when he lectured to them.  He stopped talking at his students and he asked them to do projects and to ask him questions.  Sometimes he starts talking at his students again ... and they start to become passive again ...  page 127 in his book The Art of Changing the Brain (2002).

Teachers of English know how to get students involved in the lesson -- and teachers of other subjects might copy those techniques to make their lessons more active and engaging.  

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What is a guide on the side?
Talk with the students next to you: Ask them to explain something to you.  The guide on the side says, "You can learn from other people in this room."
The Guide on the Side is an organizer; he is not a dictator.
Turn to your neighbor and talk about this problem.   See Erik Mazur

What questions do 


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Workshops for Lecturing Less
"Flip Your Classroom"   These workshops highlight the growing 
popularity of the videos coming from North Carolina.  Click here to see Dr. Lodge's channel.
My workshops point participants to learn more about the techniques promoted by Eric Mazur and Lodge Cammeron.  

BIB Penpals (to encourage intercultural communi-cation)

"That's Edu-Tainment" (available also as an in-person workshop)
  


TRAINING PROGRAMS at

page 284


The fear is about "coverage" -- I worry that my class needs to cover a certain amount of material.  Instead, I need to focus on depth.  When a question appears in class, it is the question that is the priority, not how much of the course material remains to be presented in class.  Presentation of information can take place via video asynchronously.   
Let's pursue the question in the student's mind in class.
-- inspired by a presentation on youtube related to interactive teaching



12 Quotes      
More Quotes   
Here's how I use D3

10 Points:  for any school

56 Tips for Active Classes


Brain Smart has excellent materials that help teachers become "guides on the side."  brainsmart.org









Let's lecture less       Learn with projects
Guide on the Side      Narratives in addition to grades
Exhibitions in addition to tests


Guide on the Side (free ebook)



We can make our classes more
fun (and more effective -- with more learning) by asking students to lead their groups.  Does the teacher need to talk most of the time? 
 



and BuildingInternationalBridges.org and BIBPenpals.com and QBESchool.com and QBEAcademy.net   


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Let's Lecture Less in classes
1.  Send a list of videos home with your students.  (Presentations by teachers and students)
2.  Use class time for discussions and projects.
4. QUOTES About lectures in classes
(avoid them / use class time for discussions)


Thanks to these people...
Isa Greppi, Maud Greppi (translation into Italian)
Mario Llorente (translation into Spanish)
JK McCrea (for your photos and consulting)
Dennis Yuzenas (mentor) WhatDoYaKnow.com
Dr. Kurt J. Wagner MD  (consulting)
Matt Blazek and his CD for Digital Projects
Dr. Abraham S. Fischler (abe.TheStudentIstheClass.com)


Reworded slightly for use in all classrooms


I decided to stop lecturing several years ago and my students have been active and engaged in class ever since.  But once in a while I slip back into that lecturing habit, and the minute I do, my students also slip back into that stupor that made me abandon the practice in the first place.
James Zull (2002)
The Art of Changing the Brain, page 127


Blazek's CD about projects and digital portfolios