This is a post from the “Tip of the Week” series by Richard Lyons which is no longer available, although it is archived on Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine. Below this is a link to the full original tip at Internet Archive.
Using Student-Centered Learning Strategies
Overdependence on lecturing and other instructor-centered learning strategies often fosters a passive learning attitude, and mental disengagement during class. Effective instructors regularly utilize more student-centered strategies that offer the following benefits:
- Students learn only 10% of what they read, but 80% of what they personally experience and 90% of what they teach others.
- Allowing students to apply their existing knowledge base fostered through earlier education, work and other life experiences. Good teaching is essentially a matter of fostering connections in students’ minds to new material.
- Creating healthy risk – where true learning takes place, for students and professors overrides comfortable trap of teaching only as you have been taught.