How lectures came to be.

an origin fable

Tired: replying to "can I ask you with a question?" with "you just did." Wired: replying with "anything, my love," including to strangers.
It's natural for kids to ask this question. Don't worry, they grow out of it.
The cartoon veers into the autobiographical.
You know you're doing your best when you consult books of blue AND books of purple.
Ah, the best instructional activity of all: fireworks directly above the children's heads.
Clocks: hard to draw. You saw it here first.
I've seen worse lectures than this.
This is my semi-serious pet theory behind the persistence of lecture in certain settings.

3 thoughts on “How lectures came to be.

  1. I met one math teacher whose primary method was to write multiple questions on the blackboards around the room, divide the class into groups and ask the groups to solve them. He would then wander between the groups and give suggestions. Rarely were new ideas formally introduced, rather the students had to find novel approaches for themselves.

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