Are too many instructors “overplanners” when it comes to structuring class time?

April 8, 2016

Instructors can sometimes be “overplanners” when it comes to structuring a class, writes Lecturer David Gooblar for Chronicle Vitae, yet this approach can often hinder creativity by making a class too predictable. Gooblar recounts his own experience of “extensive planning and overstuffed class periods,” and admits that there is a downside to mapping out too much of a class, even if the plan is designed to incorporate as many ways of learning as possible. The author concludes, “I’d like the classroom to be a space where I’m fully present, where I’m not just executing a plan, but I’m there with the students, responding to the ideas in play, working with them as they figure things out.” Chronicle Vitae