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 7: Are There Any Questions?
Are There Any Questions?
The cutting edge of knowledge is not in the known but in the unknown, not in knowing but in questioning.
Curiosity is the cornerstone of learning. How can we help students become more curious so that they want to ask questions in order to explore their curiosity? How can we create a classroom atmosphere in which they feel free to ask their questions? How can we use questions to provoke critical thinking in students? What kinds of questioning techniques will spark a discussion in a large class and inspire students to listen to and become involved in the discussion?
The use of questions in large classes will, of course, work quite differently from the use of ...