Why Do Nursing Instructors Rely So Heavily On PowerPoints To Teach? - page 9

by SarahMaria 12,319 Views | 121 Comments

I have completed 3 semesters of Nursing School and so far, every lecture instructor has used PowerPoints in the classroom to teach. This method has been used probably 99% of the time. The PowerPoints are provided ahead of time... Read More


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    Quote from drobley29
    Well I look at the PP as a blessing and a short cut from the phone book style med-surg book of reading. PP is not the worse of it, is the instructor that would make it bad. If they are reading word for word and thats it, well YEA thats absolutely lazy, but the ones I've had read it and give rationales, critical thinking and senerios cases about it to gie a clearer understanding. I enjoy the pp
    One good thing I say about the PowerPoints is that in my Pharmacology class, the tests came directly from them so test prep consisted of reading over those. I got an A in Pharm. But still, I could have stayed home and read the PPTs instead of driving to class every day...
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    I use the clickers during my lecture. They are great. I have the question pop up, then the students click their answer. It is a great tool because no one feel intimidated to answer. Then if quite a few students get it wrong, I can reiterate a concept. I like to intersperse my lectures with scenarios, activities, etc. I do some traditional lecturing, but always try to ask questions, give examples, etc. I can't stand being read to, so I don't read to my students. An instructor cannot make everyone happy in class, as there are so many different learnig styles. I try to incorporate many differnet syles in my classes. I want learning to be enjoyable.
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    Quote from lepew
    I use the clickers during my lecture. They are great. I have the question pop up, then the students click their answer. It is a great tool because no one feel intimidated to answer. Then if quite a few students get it wrong, I can reiterate a concept. I like to intersperse my lectures with scenarios, activities, etc. I do some traditional lecturing, but always try to ask questions, give examples, etc. I can't stand being read to, so I don't read to my students. An instructor cannot make everyone happy in class, as there are so many different learnig styles. I try to incorporate many differnet syles in my classes. I want learning to be enjoyable.
    I would love to have the clickers. Our instructor has mentioned it a couple of times. We do the NCLEX questions on the Evolve website as a class. People complain that others answer too quickly, not giving them time to "take it in" or whatever. There is also tons of debate over answers before we take a vote. Also, there is one girl who is always making snide comments to people who are actually able to answer a question correctly. So yeah, I would like to have the clickers!
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    I would love to have the clickers. Our instructor has mentioned it a couple of times. We do the NCLEX questions on the Evolve website as a class. People complain that others answer too quickly, not giving them time to "take it in" or whatever. There is also tons of debate over answers before we take a vote. Also, there is one girl who is always making snide comments to people who are actually able to answer a question correctly. So yeah, I would like to have the clickers!
    This is exactly the kind of activity I'd prefer to not waste time in class doing. I gain nothing from listening to others calling out answers....and the tests always have a rationale for why one answer is right over the others. Clickers or not, I'd prefer to be listening to the Prof give us new information, or more depth information on the topics we're already covering.
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    Powerpoint just takes the place of overheads that have been used forever. Some people learn better by seeing the written word- myself included. I am a person who only learns well by reading. I absorb nothing by hearing or seeing pictures. I have no idea why, my brain just works that way. Even math problems are easier for me if they are in sentence form. I am weird I guess. My strongest scores on tests- GMAT, GRE, ACT etc. are verbal.

    I personally hate making powerpoint slides and would rather just do an overhead- much less work. But overheads are considered obsolete and geeky now. What would you rather she do- stand there and talk with no visuals?
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    Ohhhhh. I thought of clicker as being something else. I'm aware of teachers, particularly on the elementary level, using those clicking things to control their class. Granted, nursing school is very reminiscent of 5th grade.

    Clickers...you know...you pinch it and it clicks. It's the same thing as the cricket clickers that paratroopers used to locate each other after jumping on the eve of the Normandy invasion.

    I would seriously consider taking one of those away from the teacher, breaking it, and going to drop if I were clicked.
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    Quote from SarahMaria
    Why is this type of "teaching" popular?
    Because many nursing school teachers are very good nurses and clinical instructors, but horrible theory lecturers.
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    Quote from CuriousMe
    This is exactly the kind of activity I'd prefer to not waste time in class doing. I gain nothing from listening to others calling out answers....and the tests always have a rationale for why one answer is right over the others. Clickers or not, I'd prefer to be listening to the Prof give us new information, or more depth information on the topics we're already covering.
    I wish my first year instructors would have done more NCLEX practice questions in class - I would do one or two a day if I was an instructor. What works best in study groups is taking turns answering. One person answers and gives their rationale, then it is discussed.
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    Quote from 2ndyearstudent
    I wish my first year instructors would have done more NCLEX practice questions in class - I would do one or two a day if I was an instructor. What works best in study groups is taking turns answering. One person answers and gives their rationale, then it is discussed.
    I do them on my own and with a study group. I agree, they're great to do with a study group.....which kind of illustrates that it's a very worthwhile activity without a Prof there
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    Quote from 2ndyearstudent
    Because many nursing school teachers are very good nurses and clinical instructors, but horrible theory lecturers.
    Then again, think of the adage, "those that can - do; those that can't - teach."
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