Classroom Discussions-Practical Ideas for Improving Participation

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English: Students learning about vermicomposting

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Lecturing can be an efficient way of relaying a lot of information. A number of faculty will argue that this is their job; to clarify material found in the text book as well as share new concepts with their classes. Others will suggest that lecturing alone does not maximize learning. Students need to work with the information, they need to understand it, express it in different ways and be able to apply it to new situations. Professors who are able to engage students in classroom activities that extend their thinking and require students to manipulate what they have learned create a deeper and often more enjoyable level of learning.More

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