The January 13, 2009, NY Times article, At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard, By SARA RIMER, describes how MIT has replaced its required freshman Physics course which was given in a large lecture hall, with a smaller student centered course in a technology enhanced classroom. In the new course, students learn in groups around computer terminals with the professor acting more as the "guide on the side" by giving short tutorials and reviewing difficult concepts as students work through problems. The article claims that as a result of this revamped introductory course attendance is up while the failure rate has gone down.
My question is how this can be applied to the elementary and high school setting. Is such an approach best only for the sciences or can it work equally well in other General and Judaic Studies courses? What experiences have you had with successfully (or unsuccessfully) implementing such courses in a Yeshiva day school? I have strong opinions about this type of approach but I would like to hear from others in the field. I welcome your constructive feedback.
You can follow this discussion, which I also posted on the Jewish Educator's Bulletin Board, Lookjed, at http://lookstein.org/lookjed/read.php?1,17604,17604#msg-17604.