Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What is Environmental Science? - Section 2: Direct Instruction


I see five main reasons to choose lecture as a legitimate pedagogical approach, especially in classrooms in underserved communities or with high numbers of ELL students:

1. Lectures allow for equitable content delivery.  If I can not be sure that all students read a homework assignment, I can at least make sure they receive the same information as part of direct instruction.

2. Lectures allow for frequent checks for understanding.  This is especially helpful for ELL students that may need general academic vocabulary simplified in order to understand the concepts being discussed.

3. Lectures allow me to tailor my instruction to my students' individualized needs.  I know my students well, and within a lecture I can add supplemental information and make connections to students' interests and lived experiences.

4. Lectures allow students to ask questions in real time.  Whether they are questions for clarification or tangential questions arising from students' curiosity, their questions allow me the opportunity to provide supplemental instruction that is often more memorable and effective than the content on the page of a textbook or in the text of my Powerpoint presentation.

5. Lectures allow me to pose critical thinking questions.  During lectures, I can ask students to consider questions that require them to integrate their developing understanding of content vocabulary and concepts into a problem-based approach that asks them to do something with their knowledge, whether that be making a decision, recommendation, or just stating a well-supported opinion. 


  What's the point in subjecting students to a lecture?
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: What's the point in subjecting students to a lecture?
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What is Environmental Science?

Unit 2: The Nature of Environmental Science
Lesson 1 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to explain the reasons that effective approaches to environmental problems require a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge.

Big Idea: Environmental science is more than just biology and chemistry. It is interdisciplinary and utilizes social science as well as physical science.

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