Book: Let's Lecture Less (Introduction)

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A short book of quotes

and commentaries

from a Guide On The Side



Steve McCrea


with Mario J. Llorente Leyva



Dennis Yuzenas, one of my favorite guides on the side

This short book will give you the essence of the Guide on the Side philosophy.


You can photocopy this book.


You can get the ebook and share it.  Go to and look for “Let’s Lecture Less 2012 edition.” Download the free ebook and email it to friends and colleagues.


Click on the links in the list of websites and sign up for interesting materials.


Give this book (send the ebook) to friends, teachers, students and directors of schools.


You can be part of the transformation.




The purpose of this book is to:


a)     Give you quotes to stimulate your thoughts,

b)    Attract like-minded people together through the Internet,

c)     Introduce you to and

d)    Transform schools.


Find the Facebook page “Guide on the Side.”


There are videos to support the message of the book.  Find them at and


This is a non-profit effort.  Any money made by selling the book will be put back into donations of the book.  This book was printed through and the price was selected to raise 50 cents per book, enough to cover the cost of buying two trees (a donation to, also called 


Please collaborate to spread this book and its message.  Creative Commons:

Share this book and make it clear where you got the photos and commentaries.



Copyright 2012 by Steve McCrea.  Also available in print, published on

ISBN:  978-1-105-61577-1  <<< the print version of this book ISBN




This quotation inspired me to compile this book.




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 




So, we have to create a new mindset about “What happens in a classroom?”


To begin, let’s lecture less.





Table of Contents





The end of lecturing

Let’s stop speaking to everyone at the same time



The Skillful Use of Lectures

By Mario Joel Llorente



Ten Points



Global Skills



Help an Old Man (invite a future old man to speak at your school)


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