By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
For most of us, the summer lull is here.
The desks are empty, the cafeteria line is short, and there is always a free computer at the open lab.
And–while this is a time for family, friends, beaches, and barbecues–teachers everywhere use their two or three months off for another very important task as well: reflection.
Summer is a time when our teaching load is slim or non-existent, and so we have a chance to think back on our successes and failure. On what worked and what didn’t. On the students who made it and the ones who we couldn’t manage to help enough. Summer is a time when we rethink our pedagogy and practices so that, come autumn, our classes are even more engaging and our students even more successful.
Lecture isn’t bad, in and of itself, but it is easy. Because lecture is easy, and because PowerPoint templates and bullet points are so darn tempting, we often fall into the lecture rut. So if you’re looking for some fresh ideas for getting students thinking, reflect on a few of these strategies each day in between pool parties and Dean Koontz novels.
And don’t forget: just because a lot of us aren’t teaching, we’ll still be blogging all summer long. Check in from time to time and let us know how your reflection is going.
Don’t work too hard, though. It’s your break, and you’ve earned it.