Have you ever sat through a lecture bored out of your mind? Sometimes our students face the same doom when we don't allow them time to interact with the information that we are trying to input into their minds. Eventually, they tune out and nothing is gained. It becomes a giant waste of time.
Interactive lectures are lectures that allow for student participation and active engagement with information.
Here's what won't happen when you employ INTERACTIVE LECTURES in your classrooms and why:
1. Students won't zone out.
IL are so engaging that students won't zone out. Tina Beene contends that "Instead of being passive recipients, they are actively constructing knowledge as the lesson progresses." This activity ensures that learners stay with us throughout the lesson. No more daydreaming or drifting off.
2. Time won't be wasted.
Since students will be actively speaking, writing, interacting, listening, and reading (SWIRL-ing) during the IL, time will be used wisely. The IL is not meant to be long. It should be managed in chunks so students can easily comprehend the content and process the newly learned information.
3. Students won't feel lost!
Nothing is worse than feeling lost. ELLs are learning content and language at the same time. They are faced with great challenges. The beauty of IL is that it helps to lower the affective filter for all students. Students are able to clarify misconceptions during opportunities to turn and talk with partners. Learners internalize information more readily because they collaborate with their peers to negotiate for meaning.
During IL, teachers can:
Teaching Social Studies to ELLs by Tina Beene