Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Forced participation

My unpopular opinion: I love it!

I love the Socratic method or having members of class "on call" but I greatly prefer to "suprise" method most.

I think that forcing people to participate makes the class go faster, and raises the bar as far as my own learning. Sometimes, I think you need to be "under the gun" in order to make sure you do your reading on time, and actually think about the material.

It can be downright painful when a professor asks a question and no one answers. While other students seem to hate being called on, I would rather be slightly nervous about it than be embarrassed that people don't respond.

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