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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Valuable Critics: Students

Today I met with a number of my most valuable critics, students.  I said to them, "I want to teach you better, what do you suggest?"  They gave me the following advice:
  • Break it down.
  • Talk slower.
  • Use 5th grade words (not college words)
  • Give shorter packets, but make them challenging.
  • Don't "cold call," instead say "Would you like to answer this question?"
  • Give students a heads-up for questioning by saying, "I want everyone to be alert and ready for questions.
  • Check in.
After that I practiced using their suggestions as I taught that small group. They agreed that I was off to a good start and asked when we could learn like that again. I told them that we'd try to work together a few times each week. They were happy.