Why would you want to include a new way of teaching into your classroom when its benefits are so clear? With a wink, read on to learn about five reasons why you shouldn’t take advantage of an active learning model in your classroom:

  1. If you don’t lecture, you’ll lose control of the class.
    Nobody wants their classroom to look like a scene from Lord of the Flies, unless of course you’re teaching theater – you get a pass. In fact, some faculty could worry that student interaction will lead to chaos in the classroom. While it’s true that with interaction comes noise, by setting ground rules in advance and by pacing classroom activities to temper noisy moments with calmer ones, you can maintain control over the classroom environment while creating a room full of engaged learners.
  2. Your colleagues will lose respect for you and think you spend class time playing games.
    In the same way you’re shaping learning in your classroom, shape the understanding of those around you by educating them on what you’re doing, and how positive the results are!
  3. You’re already overloaded and don’t have time to rework your course.
    In this case, yes, any course updates take time. But it’s an investment, not wasted time, and you’ll be able to reuse the enhancements you’ve made and maybe even scale them to use in other courses.
  4. Active learning is “soft”.
    Research on learning consistently shows that well-constructed classroom activities and learning techniques raise student achievement. Can’t argue with results!
  5. The traditional model of teaching has worked for you in the past.
    Yesterday’s model may have been very effective – for yesterday’s student. More recent research about the ways today’s students learn point to a need for a shift in how we reach them. (Adapted from Staley 2003, 17-18)

Reference: Content adapted from Staley, Constance. 2003. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lectern. Belmont: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.