During a recent class, after hearing presentations by my students, I considered doing a summary evaluation myself. I had made notes on what I’d observed, organized them, and had a few points I wanted to make. I rose to go to the whiteboard, prepared to jot them down and then tell the students what I thought I’d learned.
But then I stopped.
Why tell them anything? They had done the preparation for the presentations. They had sat through all of them. Each presentation was between 10 and 15 minutes long, and so there was quite a bit to observe. During the presentations, I noticed they were taking notes, just as I was. I recognized that by this point in the semester, they had surely developed their own critical eye and should have the ability to judge the presentations for themselves.
So, instead of telling them what I thought they should have learned, I just said “okay, what did you learn from your preparation for your own presentation and from listening your peers?” I then went around the room, soliciting responses, and wrote on the board – – in their words – – what they said.
As usually happens when I follow this format, I learned a few things. First, compiled, their list was longer than mine. They had noticed more than I had. Second, some of the things they noticed had never occurred to me. Thus, I learned something new. Third, I was much more relaxed, just listening to responses and writing them down than I would’ve been had I tried to perform my authority role and tell them what I thought. Fourth, through this process, I reinforced the principle that “talking is not teaching,” and that sometimes we play the role of teacher best when we just listen.
Great advice, especially in the final weeks of the semester when we may all be listening to presentations.
If you try this and get good reactions (or even if you don’t!) Please let us know.
Hi Prof Howard
I am a teacher in Brasilia Institute and now I am trying to lead my partners-students to discute about the boundary spanning individual roles
I recovered the reference below
Could you please send a copy
Academy of Management Review VOL. 2, NO. 2 | normal
Boundary Spanning Roles and Organization Structure, 1977
Forgive me if it is not the appropriate channel, but, it’s s chance to ssh something
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Your comment isn’t appropriate to my blogopost, which is about teaching. I will email you a copy of the paper you requested.