Pronunciation: \ˈlek-chər, -shər\
Etymology: 15th century Middle English, act of reading, from Late Latin lectura, from Latin lectus, past participle of legere.
They're interesting origins of the word "lecture", but unfortunately too many lecturers take this quite literally, and consider that teaching is a one-way delivery of information from "expert" to "young, open mind." These same people are today complaining that attendance in their lectures is falling to record low numbers, and that university students today are no longer committed, and don't want to learn. Hmmm... maybe (just maybe?) these lecturers are the cause of this non-attendance?
Do you simply read your lectures? Or do you tell jokes and stories, take and ask questions, and adjust the pace of the lecture by reading the mood?
A couple of weeks ago, in a two-hour lecture with 250 students, I gave everyone an opportunity to interact. Something simple, but interactive. I invited everyone to contribute at any stage during the lecture - by raising their hand, by throwing me a message via paper plane, or by sending me an sms text message. Did it create excitement and engagement? You bet! (see this entry on friday 17th october).
How do you create excitement in the classroom?