ENGAGING LECTURE TIP 42To Script, or Not to Script?

In higher education, we sometimes hear tales of the professor pulling out worn, yellowed notes and reading from them to the students. We also occasionally hear about a professor reading directly from a textbook. Although thankfully this doesn't happen often, it does still happen occasionally, which we can say with some certainty because we have witnessed it directly. And from this experience, we can say categorically that you should not read the textbook to students. Short of this, reading from a script is one of the best ways we can think of to do a bad job of lecturing. So much can go wrong: lack of inflection, eye contact, body language, connecting with one's audience. For this reason, ...

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