Student-Centered Learning in the Chemistry Classroom
Strategies in the Chemistry Classroom
This paper contains more details about specific strategies for changing to a student centered
classroom and the LecturePLUS learning system.
How to Say Less and Enjoy Teaching More
LecturePLUS is a Teaching Strategy that uses
student-centered activities and assessment models to promote Participation, Learning,
Understanding, and Success
Illustrate non-traditional teaching strategies in chemistry using
PowerPoint modules to promote student-centered learning.
|Demonstrate formative classroom assessment techniques to
monitor learning and teaching.|
|Learn how to involve students in student-centered activities and
assessment techniques using Power Point modules and notes.|
|A Teaching Strategy|
LecturePLUS is a teaching and learning strategy that converts
the traditional lecture format typically used in chemistry classes to a student-centered
format. Students learn through PowerPoint mini-lectures, formative
assessments, use of PowerPoint notes and activity sets for cooperative
|Drawback of Lecture Method|
The lecture system is the teaching mode preferred by most science
and math professors. Indeed, lecture is a comfortable format for many instructors and a
non-threatening one for students. It is low cost, easy to control, and an excellent method
for organizing course content. However, research tells us that during lecture students are
not actively engaged with the topic, students dont seem to listen for very long,
retention is minimal, and does not seem to work for many students learning style.
In many of our classrooms, we often have a large gap before we test
students on the material we discuss in our classes. After the first exam, we are surprised
and disappointed by what they students did not learn. By using formative assessment in a
chemistry class, we can assess what students are thinking and learning each day as a
"work in progress" evaluation. There are many possibilities including
"one-minute paper", "muddiest point", and "multiple-choice
learning checks". After an assessment, an instructor can determine what students
understand and what material needs more attention. In LecturePLUS, the instructor adapts
to the needs of the class by adding another example, challenging thinking, or moving on to
the next topic.
|Dynamic Learning Environment|
In a Lecture-PLUS learning environment, cooperative
learning activities and formative assessment strategies are integrated in a mini-lecture
format using Power Point modules. Such modules promote non-graded classroom assessments as
well as ongoing peer instruction, which are strategies that provide instant feedback to
both students and instructor during the class. The introduction of a student-centered
classroom is an exciting way to put learning back in teaching while providing students
with the tools for lifelong learning and success.
If you have questions or comments about
LecturePLUS, please email me.
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