Do you spend too much time lecturing?
Consider the following questions about your lectures: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Do you concentrate on fundamental concepts? Do you show the relevance of theory with interesting examples? Do you get full attendance at lectures? Do your lecture classes differ significantly from the handouts or lecture notes you give your students? Are your lecture notes voluminous? Have you noticed students not paying attention in your lectures? Do you give students a complete set of lecture notes?
If you can convincingly answer yes to questions 1 to 4 and no to questions 5 to 7, you have probably got it about right. If not, consider some of the following: Concentrate on key points and let students find out the rest from the handout or textbook. Replace some lectures with assigned readings. Introduce some activities. Divide up the topics and assign them to individuals or groups of students. Expect students to read about their topic and present it to the class. Expect students to have read the handout or textbook before the class. Use the class for dealing with points found to be difficult and/or practising applications.