Dr. Zeke is a nice guy. But he doesn't lecture. Group activities don't work for the class. When you ask him questions, he just stares at you blankly.I want you to know that this is not a direct quote. I read and summarized the general sense of it, so I'm not plagiarizing. So why did this bother me? I'll tell you. I DO use small group learning in class. I don't lecture (much). When I do lecture, it is about something important, and it's probably something that you as a student should pay attention to (and it's probably in response to the reasonable questions students have asked me about the activity we've been working on).
Students do learn this way. At least the ones who put in time outside of class. I know who you are you see. You think that all you have to do is go to class and have your head filled by the professor. Excuse me. Teacher. That's what you usually call me. When you come to class.
I'm sure that you really believe that coming to class 60% of the time, and turning in 60% of the homework should secure you B+, if not an A. Above all, you really shouldn't have to think, should you? Like, analyze data to come to a conclusion about something you're supposed to learn. You're the one who asks "How was I supposed to know to do that?". Well, before you came to class you weren't. Now you do. It's called learning.
Oh, and this does work for most of the class. They might not all be getting A's, but in the last five years (since I stopped lecturing and started using group activities), fewer students have failed the course. I'd show you the data, but then you'd have to think about it.
You're going to be an awesome MD. For sure.
(I feel better now. I'm going to go turn on some Sabbath and start grading exams. Then go have some beer.)