Texas State professors need to actively engage students in classrooms and change their teaching styles in order to keep Bobcats interested in lessons.
It is well known students often have a difficult time paying attention and participating in lectures. This can be because of droning professors, boring teaching methods, uninteresting subject matter or any number of things. One can immediately spot a handful of students playing with their cellphones while the professor is lecturing upon walking into a classroom on campus any day of the semester. It might seem like these students are not paying attention because they are absorbed in their phones, and that perception would be totally correct. Blatantly not paying attention in class is somewhat disrespectful, but professors have a responsibility to tailor their lectures so they are engaging for the students enrolled in their classes.
A Nov. 2010 Wilkes University survey concluded 91 percent of students text during class. The same survey showed 95 percent bring their cell phones to class. This may not be such a prolific issue if more college classes deviated from the typical professor-talking-at-you lecture style.
Many of the individuals who are constantly on their phones during class are the same students who receive failing grades and do poorly in their curriculum. It is the responsibility of the student to pay attention to the lecture and take adequate notes, but some of the blame undoubtedly falls on the professor. Everybody learns differently, but no student wants to sit in a lecture hall for more than an hour listening to the professor drone on to the backdrop of a PowerPoint. It is not easy to sit through a long lecture without zoning out a bit. Doodling has been an acceptable way for students to occupy themselves and messing around on a cell phone is just the modern counterpart to this.
Cognitive scientists have revealed individual short-term memory is limited, according to an article by American Public Media. This means our brains can only process so much at one time. Most information is given to students during a typical lecture comes at them too fast and is easily forgotten, according to the same article.
Many professors desperately need to change their way of teaching in order to help more students succeed in college. One way to achieve this is to incorporate more group-based projects in class or to implement other interactive approaches. Furthermore, instead of teaching classes purely by lecture, it would be more effective for professors to pose questions to students. These methods would help professors reach more students in the classroom and keep them involved, in turn producing better grades.
Changes must be made if professors at Texas State want to get rid of distractions in the classroom and help students achieve better grades. Group-based projects, interactive approaches and asking more questions in the classroom are just three of the ways professors can help solve this problem.