As teachers we all seem to agree that the more the students work the more learning that occurs. Yet we seem to be prepared to lead them step-by-step through mathematical processes, we make them sit and listen to long periods of lecture, we read solutions to homework - we make them sedentary.
So I have been reflecting, planning
and working hard to keep them doing math - utilizing the entire 44
minute class period. Class time is our time for math, I couple that with
smaller homework assignments and a constant barrage of "You have to
study math" versus assigning problems to grade or check. But making the class period a power packed period of doing
math has been #1! So no homework grading, lectures are broken into
segments with students doing (trying to get to 6 minutes max of me
talking). The goal is to get most of the doing (which is learning) in
the class period, where as an instructor I can guide them.
means not being too helpful though, struggle is okay when guided - when
I ride in on my white donkey (budget cuts) to save a student I am most often doing a
disservice. So I constantly remind myself to "be less helpful."
In the end - students need to work more, I need to guide more, "teach" less and I expect better student outcomes. yself to "be less helpful."