You have finished your Ph.D. and landed your first academic job. Scanning the fine print, you realize the introductory class you have been assigned to teach is being held in an auditorium. A really big auditorium. Panic begins to set in…. In this handy and practical book, Elisa Carbone offers a wealth of sound advice on how to deal with a large class, from the first day to end-of-semester evaluations. Full of examples taken from many different disciplines, Teaching Large Classes will be an ideal companion for any teacher facing the challenge of the large introductory class.
Chapter 3: Lecturing 101: Getting Your Students to Listen
Lecturing 101: Getting Your Students to Listen
The spoken word belongs half to him who speaks and half to him who hears.
Whether your material is five minutes of directions or a three-hour lecture, if your students have tuned you out, the reason can be summed up in two words: internal noise. No, that's not heart palpitations and stomach rumblings. It's the inner dialogue and mental tangents that take students out of the classroom and transport them into their personal daydreams. It's not a malicious thing on their part; they want to listen, they try to listen, but before they know it, in their minds it's Saturday night and the frat party is cranking!
Some internal noise is outside the ...