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Lectures

My relationship with lectures is conflicted. On one hand, when given by a teacher that is not particularly good at it nor charismatic enough to compensate, lectures can be painfully dull. Yet on the other hand, when given by a teacher who knows how to effectively deliver a lecture and- dare I say it? – be entertaining at the mean time, it is the preferred method for me to learn. Lecture seems to be the most straightforward method to teach. Nothing is simpler or more direct then to convey knowledge in speech and writings. However, often times the simpler the method the more expose it is for the presenter. I respond pretty well to lecture and that particular style of teaching, and often dislike when professors try to “engage” us with more “creative” ways of teaching such as group activities and discussions. I once discussed this with my adviser and while he agrees with me that he often dislike those teaching methods as well while he was a student. However, he made a good point when he explained that grad students and professors are weird people we can actually respond (or learn to respond) well to lectures. To many other students lectures may not be the best method to education. But if lectures are not the answer, what is? These are thoughts that I constantly have while taking the PFP and GEDI class.

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