Why Break Up A Lecture?

(from Zull, 2002, The Art of Changing the Brain)

1) Depending on how entertaining the speaker is, listening can be painful.
2) Attention wanes at 8-15 minutes.
3) Students take ownership for their learning and realize that they can and must do things with the material to learn it.
4) Students get the chance to interact with others in the class.
5) Instructors can check-in about comprehension.
6) Using a student’s own behavior for the basis of recall takes advantage of the self-reference effect in memory.
7) Recall for passive listening is poor
Allows for reflection and development of metacognition.

**To see several suggestions and references for further reading, check out the handout from the "Lecture like a Pro" workshop.

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