I was having a discussion with Deb on my author fan page about whether it was easier for us to write academic papers, or write fiction; and I mentioned how I wanted to teach a Creative Writing class at the college level in the future, just as a side job. While discussing this, I came across the discovery that when I teach students, I will refuse to use the lecture method.
I mean, how many times have we been forced to sit through classes where the teacher simply talks at us and reads from a slide? This is most definitely no way to teach.
Teachers, especially English/writing teachers need to make sure that they make their classes as exciting and engaging as possible. If they don’t, how can they possibly expect the stereotype that reading is boring to ever go away? Sure, reading isn’t for everyone I suppose. But, that is no reason for a teacher not to give their best attempt to make it as exciting as they can.
Students need to be engaged in the material to learn it; we all know that. So, instead of lecture, I would definitely incorporate feedback groups for the student’s writing. I would make sure they write something every day, and get feedback on it. Writers need to write every day. I will always encourage students to come to me for feedback and help whenever they need it. Young writers, (myself included), will always need some guidance to become better writers. It is near impossible for them to do it on their own.
What about you? Do you prefer the lecture method? What are some ways of being taught that you enjoy(ed)?