The Show

Many of today’s younger students expect some sort of entertainment in the classroom. This notion is perpetuated by school board members who for the most part lack classroom experience and who willingly approved funding for the superficial bells and whistles of modern technology. When we meet these students in their young adult years in college, they have been programmed in a way to expect a show of sorts.

Fox’s article connects the ideals of return on investment with “what’s in it for me?” While Fox demonstrates how to “dig deeper”, the basic premise of consumerism certainly is one that could be utilized in any college classroom. Many students foot the bill for college; they should expect to receive information or an educational experience in return. However, to receive the benefit, the student must attend class (whether it be face to face or online). Rarely has the student thought of this point. I know because I’ve witnessed the “aha” moment.

None of this means that we need to put on a show. College is about thinking and application of those thoughts. That’s the show–we show our students how they are able to apply their knowledge and then give them opportunities to show us how they did.

Miller Fox, D. “Education and Consumerism: Using Students’ Assumptions to Challenge Their Thinking” 2014.
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/education-consumerism-using-students-assumptions-challenge-thinking/
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