The Personal Lecture

How to make big classes feel small

Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Chronicle

Cynthia LaBrake, a lecturer in chemistry at the U. of Texas, often has her 400 students break into small discussion groups. Her 1970s-era classroom, which is scheduled for an overhaul next year, has desks bolted into the floor, posing a challenge. "We crawl over the space to reach them," she says. "It’s not ideal, but we make it work."
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