Many examples have been named by Brookfield in regards to creative lecture approaches. One of my favourite is the “Lecture from Siberia” (Brookfield, p. 104), which perfectly outlines the area where students preferred to sit so they can be as far away from the teacher’s surveillance as possible. As the picture below shows, sometimes students have very strong motives to do that.


When this happens, it is the lecturer’s job to use an innovative way to engage students. It can be done by simply moving to and continue with the lecture from “Siberia.” This is an effective way to shift the energy in the classroom and capture students’ attention.


Brookfield, S.D. (2006). The Skillful Teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. ( 2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.