"Sometimes, with some students, one technique works better than others." This is ridiculous: No teacher is limited to just ONE technique. However, lecturing for 45 minutes to students that are less than 15 years old is a pretty poor way of teaching. Try lecturing a 12 year old for 5 minutes, and you'll see what I mean 5. "...surprised that under any circumstances, even the Valhallah of Learning in Finland, students wouldn't be working in groups As a teacher, I simply fucking LOVED giving groupwork to students. Primarily because it was so freakin EASY on me. I could spend an entire HOUR, sitting among one group of 4-5 students, then another, circulating among them all, threatening them with a dreaded 45 minute lecture if they weren't actually accomplishing half of what I wanted...Administrators would visit and walk away happy in the knowedge that Samson's teaching methods were in accordance with District Guidelines. Everyone was Happy. I really don't think many people know how infrequent this is in Public Schools, and they have no appreciation for it unless they've experienced it.