I like lecture; I enjoy talking about my content and, on the other side of the desk, I enjoy hearing people who are experts in a field talk about what they do. Even so, lecture does set an unfortunate precedent of students not learning to ask good questions or discover their voice and form their own conclusions. In my classes, I hope to incorporate more student participation even in lectures, having them write, share, and otherwise engage with material as it is presented.
Another point that was brought up that stood out to me was that the author says they felt “a little bit like a nuisance all day long” when they shadowed students. This is accurate to my memories of high school, and I can see it happening at my current school site.
I’ve mentioned in other posts the surprisingly dismissive attitude some members of my department have toward students they have decided are stupid. This is where that attitude, even when not directly mentioned to students, colors their educational experience. These sorts of hostile or dismissive attitudes about students lend themselves to an environment that at best leaves students feeling like pests, and more often seems actively hostile to them. In my interactions with students and with my friends outside of school, I make use of sarcasm and good-natured ribbing in my interactions. However, I always make a point of communicating to the people I address in this manner that I am being facetious and actually hold them in high regard. I think there is absolutely a place for this kind of behavior, but it is important to build up a background of mutual respect first.