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Teaching Large Groups. Jenny Lorimer Tuesday 7 th June 2011. My Background. Professional background as a diagnostic radiographer Teach in School of Health and Emergency Professions Seconded teacher to LTI I teach some very large groups. Aim of the session. To stimulate dialogue

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teaching large groups

Teaching Large Groups

Jenny Lorimer

Tuesday 7th June 2011

my background
My Background
  • Professional background as a diagnostic radiographer
  • Teach in School of Health and Emergency Professions
  • Seconded teacher to LTI
  • I teach some very large groups
aim of the session
Aim of the session
  • To stimulate dialogue
  • To consider some benefits and challenges
  • To propose some solutions
  • Traffic light cards
how big is a large group
How big is a large group?
  • 40
  • 80
  • Over 100
  • 500
  • So many students you don’t know their names
some bad reasons for teaching large groups
Some bad reasons for teaching large groups
  • Effective use of teaching time
  • That’s the way we do it here
  • That’s what happened to me as a student
  • Meets the students expectations that we are going to tell them what they need to know
  • Any others?
which of these is a good reason for teaching large groups
Which of these is a good reason for teaching large groups?
  • Stimulates the students’ desire to learn
  • To give a shared experience
  • To give information for future discussions and/or activities
  • To provide a focus for learning
  • For clarification
what do our students do in lectures
What do our students do in lectures?
  • Take notes
  • Make notes
  • Sit passively
what do our students really do
What do our students really do?
  • Look out the window
  • Look at other students
  • Worry that they don’t understand
  • Worry about other things – money, relationships etc
  • Listen to music
  • Text
  • Browse the internet
what we want our students to do
What we want our students to do
  • Want to learn
  • Need to learn
  • Learning by doing
  • Getting feedback
  • Making sense of what they have learnt
what do we do wrong
What do we do wrong?
  • Talk on and on...
  • Going too fast or too slow
  • Talking over the student’s heads
  • Not linking to what the student does know
  • Not explaining why they need to know
how do you get interaction is a large group
How do you get interaction is a large group?
  • Electronic voting systems
  • Post-it notes
  • Lining paper for questions
  • Questions as a group activity ‘buzz groups’
which inappropriate behaviours are most challenging to manage
Which inappropriate behaviours are most challenging to manage?
  • Learners arriving late
  • Learners talking to each other
  • Getting their attention
  • Dealing with noise
  • Disruptive students
how can we develop our large group teaching
How can we develop our large group teaching?
  • Continuously get feedback from learners
  • Sit in on a colleague’s session
  • Peer observation
  • Use technology
  • Use variety
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